Synonyms of essential in English:

essential


See definition of essential

adjective

1‘it is essential to remove all the old plaster’

SYNONYMS

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’

SYNONYMS

basic, inherent, fundamental, quintessential, intrinsic, underlying, characteristic, innate, rudimentary, primary, principal, cardinal, chief, elementary, elemental

central, pivotal, critical, key, focal, salient, staple, vital, necessary, indispensable, foundational, ingrained

ANTONYMS

secondary

3‘he is the essential English gentleman’

SYNONYMS

ideal, absolute, complete, perfect, quintessential


noun

1‘the gift of the gab was an essential for an up-and-coming broadcaster’

SYNONYMS

necessity, essential item, necessary item, prerequisite, requisite, requirement, need

condition, precondition, specification, stipulation

qualification

desideratum, sine qua non

informal must

ANTONYMS

inessential

2essentials‘they were taught the essentials of the job in three days’

SYNONYMS

fundamentals, basics, rudiments, principles, first principles, foundations, preliminaries, groundwork

essence, basis, core, kernel, nub, marrow, meat, crux, bedrock

facts, hard facts, practicalities, realities

sine qua non

informal nitty-gritty, brass tacks, nuts and bolts, ABC

ANTONYMS

minutiae