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essential
used in Lonesome Dove

3 uses
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Definition
absolutely necessary; or of the greatest importance

or:

the defining or most important aspect of something
  • For years Call had looked at life as if it were essentially over.
    Chapters 7-8 (29% in)
  • Unfortunately no medical man had taken an interest in the town since, and Augustus and Call, both of whom had coped with their share of wounds, got called on to do such surgery as was deemed essential.
    Chapters 1-2 (10% in)
  • He, himself, didn't have it in day-to-day life, but he could summon it when it seemed essential.
    Chapters 93-94 (43% in)

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