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Definition of Essential


  1. Belonging to the essence, or that which makes an object, or class of objects, what it is.
  2. Hence, really existing; existent.
  3. Important in the highest degree; indispensable to the attainment of an object; indispensably necessary.
  4. Containing the essence or characteristic portion of a substance, as of a plant; highly rectified; pure; hence, unmixed; as, an essential oil.
  5. Necessary; indispensable; -- said of those tones which constitute a chord, in distinction from ornamental or passing tones.
  6. Idiopathic; independent of other diseases.
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Essential Translations

essential in Dutch is essentieel, intrinsiek, vitaal
essential in German is Hauptsache, notwendig, wesentlich
essential in Italian is essenziale, importante, necessario
essential in Latin is necessarius
essential in Portuguese is essencial
essential in Spanish is necesitario, esencial