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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
inessential, unimportant, optional
2‘the essential simplicity of his style’
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
3‘he is the essential English gentleman’
ideal, absolute, complete, perfect, quintessential
1‘the gift of the gab was an essential for an up-and-coming broadcaster’
necessity, essential item, necessary item, prerequisite, requisite, requirement, need
condition, precondition, specification, stipulation
desideratum, sine qua non
2‘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
sine qua non
informal nitty-gritty, brass tacks, nuts and bolts, ABC
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