Adjective "essential" definition and examples



Definitions and examples


Absolutely necessary; extremely important.
  1. 'fibre is an essential ingredient of our diet'
  2. 'In this fast-changing technological world, knowledge of computer operations has become absolutely essential.'
  3. 'And I think a name change is absolutely essential.'
  4. 'It is absolutely essential that the scheme is maintained.'
  5. 'Iron is an essential nutrient for the survival and growth of virtually all bacteria.'
  6. 'Yes, I think that it's absolutely essential that we do something like that.'
  7. 'They understood that cooperation was essential to survival.'
  8. 'But they lack one essential ingredient for success - money.'
  9. 'Prime farm land must be conserved for agriculture and should not be allowed to be diverted to non-farm uses, unless absolutely essential.'
  10. 'It is absolutely essential that the surfaces to be coated are extremely clean since the slightest contamination can ruin the end result.'
  11. 'The independence of the judiciary is essential to the proper functioning of our society.'
  12. 'The free market is absolutely essential to a healthy stable society.'
  13. 'This would seem to be a clever way of catching wrong-doers, exploiting the criminal class's essential dishonesty and grasping nature.'
  14. 'There is nothing in the essential nature of the priesthood which says that priests must live the lifestyle which is imposed on them.'
  15. 'He has captured Macbeth's essential weakness of character in his slow descent into paranoia and depression.'
  16. 'We want to preserve the essential nature of the town by promoting and supporting traders in meeting changing economic conditions.'
  17. 'People talk about male and female, but what is the essential difference between the two?'
  18. 'The book has at least one essential flaw.'
  19. 'Such arguments blur, at the very least, the essential nature of democratic societies.'
  20. 'But, that is the essential nature of the intelligence business.'
  21. 'No matter how far they run, the characters can never escape their essential natures.'
  22. 'Key essential amino acids are valine, leucine, isoleucine, tryptophan and methionine.'
  23. 'Providing your body with essential amino acids before training reduces muscle loss and helps create an anabolic environment.'
  24. 'Packed as it is with yet more protein, salmon offers benefits beyond providing the body with essential amino acids.'
(of a disease) with no known external stimulus or cause; idiopathic.
  1. 'He also had chronic obstructive airways disease and essential hypertension.'
  2. 'Unlike Parkinson's disease, however, essential tremor doesn't lead to serious complications.'


A thing that is absolutely necessary.
  1. 'A mundane but increasingly important detail to note is that this home comes with a large private parking area to the rear - almost an essential in big-city living.'
  2. 'She bought a few essentials and some sweets for the children.'
  3. 'Lack of access to these essentials is generally referred to as living in extreme or abject poverty.'
  4. 'Drinking plenty of water is one of the most overlooked essentials of a bodybuilding diet.'
  5. 'Mandy organised her handbag with the essentials such as her phone and purse and, with one last look in the mirror for Kathy, left the room.'
  6. 'Hidden under the wrap is a free hanging zippered pocket to carry life's essentials.'
  7. 'A car is an essential if you want to do Sicily properly, but it is impossible to see the whole island in a week unless you are on a touring holiday, since tortuous mountain roads make for slow driving.'
  8. 'Cleanliness, punctuality, order and method are essentials in the character of a good housekeeper.'
  9. 'People have been buying essentials in anticipation of imminent cuts in electricity and water supplies.'
  10. 'The story is told by Michelangelo's pupil and biographer Condivi and is therefore presumably true in essentials.'
  11. 'They saw it as an abandonment of the essentials of the faith.'
  12. 'He himself had grasped the essentials of Jewish teaching.'
  13. 'Stripped down to essentials, the elements of this style are extremely simple.'
  14. 'Interest in whether the essentials of being human are given to us by nature or by nurture has a long pedigree.'


1. absolutely necessary; indispensable: Discipline is essential in an army.

2. pertaining to or constituting the essence of a thing.

3. noting or containing an essence of a plant, drug, etc.

4. being such by its very nature or in the highest sense; natural; spontaneous: essential happiness.

5. Mathematics. (of a singularity of a function of a complex variable) noting that the Laurent series at the point has an infinite number of terms with negative powers. (of a discontinuit

More examples(as adjective)

"gains can be essential for purchases."

"institutions can be essential to things."

"contacts can be essential in things."

"trades can be essential to prosperities."

"trades can be essential to growths."

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Middle English (in the sense ‘in the highest degree’): from late Latin essentialis, from Latin essentia (see essence).