essential essential  /ɪ ˈsɛn ʃəl/


  1. (adj) being or relating to or containing the essence of a plant etc
  2. (adj) defining rights and duties as opposed to giving the rules by which rights and duties are established
  3. (n) anything indispensable
  4. (adj) absolutely necessary; vitally necessary
  5. (adj) basic and fundamental
  6. (adj) of the greatest importance


  • Israel's strategic priority now is countering the threat it sees in Iran's nuclear program, and on that front, Russian cooperation is essential.


  1. Bermuda shorts are next year's menswear essential

    MILAN (AP) — From day one, it is clear that Bermuda shorts are the essential piece for next summer.
    on June 23, 2013     Source: Associated Press via Yahoo! News

  2. Video: WH: Reconciliation in Afghanistan "essential" but "hard"

    "We believe that reconciliation is essential ultimately to the resolution of more than 30 years of conflict in Afghanistan," said White House press secretary Jay Carney on the prospect of peace talks between the Taliban and the Afghan government. "We've also made clear that this is going to be hard."
    on June 21, 2013     Source: CBS News

  3. Essential Energy Services Announces Addition to Its Board of Directors

    Essential Energy Services Ltd. is pleased to announce Robert B. Michaleski has joined the Board of Directors.
    on June 18, 2013     Source: Marketwired via Yahoo! Finance


  1. "To break that adverse feedback loop, it is essential that we continue to complement fiscal stimulus with strong government action to stabilize financial institutions and financial markets," Bernanke said.
    on Feb 24, 2009 By: Ben Bernanke Source: FOXNews

  2. That kind of judge, Obama explained, will have empathy: "I view the quality of empathy, of understanding and identifying with people's hopes and struggles as an essential ingredient for arriving at just decisions and outcomes."
    on May 24, 2009 By: Barack Obama Source: New York Times

  3. "I think those programs were absolutely essential to the success we enjoyed of being able to collect the intelligence that let us defeat all further attempts to launch attacks against the United States since 9/11," Mr. Cheney said of Bush...
    on Mar 16, 2009 By: Vice President Dick Cheney Source: International Herald Tribune

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