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constituting or forming part of the essence of something

of or being an irreducible element

incapable of being dispensed with

a fundamental irreducible constituent of a whole

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absolutely necessary

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of the greatest importance

defining rights and duties as opposed to giving the rules by which rights and duties are established

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Destitute of this essential support, it must resign its independence, and sink into the degraded condition of a province.
But it could not be less folly to abolish liberty, which is essential to political life, because it nourishes faction, than it would be to wish the annihilation of air, which is essential to animal life, because it imparts to fire its destructive agency.
Now the head, the hand, and such things are substances, and it is possible to know their essential character definitely, but it does not necessarily follow that we should know that to which they are related.
The essential question is not, Is the presentation of life and character perfect in a photographic fashion?
In the strictest theory there should be an essential connection between them; for instance, they may illustrate different and perhaps contrasting aspects of the general theme.
No one has ever adequately described either in verse or prose the true essential nature of either of them abiding in the soul, and invisible to any human or divine eye; or shown that of all the things of a man's soul which he has within him, justice is the greatest good, and injustice the greatest evil.
He had that knack of friendly silence which is so essential to gossip; and saying scarcely a word, he probably obtained from his new acquaintances all that in any case they would have told.
Until very lately I believed, as he did, that mental phenomena have essential reference to objects, except possibly in the case of pleasure and pain.
But if Meinong is right, there can be no thought without an object: the connection of the two is essential.
The reference of thoughts to objects is not, I believe, the simple direct essential thing that Brentano and Meinong represent it as being.
Stephan Arkadyevitch had gone to Petersburg to perform the most natural and essential official duty--so familiar to everyone in the government service, though incomprehensible to outsiders-- that duty, but for which one could hardly be in government service, of reminding the ministry of his existence--and having, for the due performance of this rite, taken all the available cash from home, was gaily and agreeably spending his days at the races and in the summer villas.
Darya Alexandrovna regarded staying in the country for the summer as essential for the children, especially for the little girl, who had not succeeded in regaining her strength after the scarlatina, and also as a means of escaping the petty humiliations, the little bills owing to the wood-merchant, the fishmonger, the shoemaker, which made her miserable.
And in order to achieve that end it was essential that she find some excuse, however trivial, for breaking off the engagement.
But, though expressing regret for my momentary loss of self-control, I cannot recede from the position I have taken up as regards the essential unfitness of Clarence's presence in the home.
And now he's talking about receding from essential positions