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Definitionabsolutely necessary; or of the greatest importance
the defining or most important aspect of something
- Most of the people on the night crew had not even been given spouses because they lacked, somehow, the essential capacity to connect to others, which was required for the creation of a family unit.8.4
- "The fourth essential attribute," the Chief Elder said, "is wisdom.63.3
- The other communities he had seen on visits were essentially the same as his own, the only differences were slightly altered styles of dwellings, slightly different schedules in the schools.106.8
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