Synonyms of essential in English:



  • 1 it is essential to remove all the old plaster
    crucial, necessary, key, vital, indispensable, needed, required, called for, requisite, important, all-important, vitally important, of the utmost importance, of great consequence, of the essence, critical, life-and-death, imperative, mandatory, compulsory, obligatory, compelling, urgent, pressing, burning, acute, paramount, pre-eminent, high-priority, significant, consequential
    [Antonyms] inessential unimportant optional
  • 2 the essential simplicity of his style
    [Antonyms] secondary
  • 3 he is the essential English gentleman
    ideal, absolute, complete, perfect, quintessential
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  • 1 the gift of the gab was an essential for an up-and-coming broadcaster
    [Antonyms] inessential
  • 2 (essentials) they were taught the essentials of the job in three days
    fundamentals, basics, rudiments, principles, first principles, foundations, preliminaries, groundwork; essence, basis, core, kernel, nub, marrow, meat, crux, bedrock; facts, hard facts, practicalities, realities; Latinsine qua non
    informal nitty-gritty, brass tacks, nuts and bolts, ABC
    [Antonyms] minutiae
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    essential, necessary, requisite, indispensable

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    essential, inherent, intrinsic, innate

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