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[n] anything indispensable; "food and shelter are necessities of life"; "the essentials of the good life"; "allow farmers to buy their requirements under favorable conditions"; "a place where the requisites of water fuel and fodder can be obtained"
[adj] (law) applying to essential legal principles and rules of right; "substantive law"
[adj] basic and fundamental; "the essential feature"
[adj] absolutely required and not to be used up or sacrificed
[adj] of the greatest importance; "the all-important subject of disarmament"; "crucial information"; "in chess cool nerves are of the essence"
[adj] absolutely necessary; vitally necessary; "essential tools and materials"; "funds essential to the completion of the project"; "an indispensable worker"
[adj] being or relating to or containing the essence of a plant etc; "essential oil"

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