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essential
used in Running in the Family

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Definition
absolutely necessary; or of the greatest importance

or:

the defining or most important aspect of something
  • The rebels against the government consisted of thousands from every walk of life—but essentially the young.
    p. 100.0
  • During all the months of soberness the two of them were equals, very close and full of humour, but in his moments of darkness she drew on every play she had been in or had read and used it as a weapon, knowing that when my father sobered up this essentially shy man would be appalled to hear how my mother had over-reacted.
    p. 171.4

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