essentialness


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es·sen·tial

 (ĭ-sĕn′shəl)
adj.
1. Constituting or being part of the nature or essence of something; inherent: "In that era of general good will ... few Americans doubted the essential goodness of their society" (David Halberstam).
2. Fundamentally important or necessary: essential ingredients. See Synonyms at indispensable.
3. Medicine Of, relating to, or being a condition or a disease whose cause is unknown: essential hypertension.
4. Biochemistry Being a substance that is required for normal functioning but cannot be synthesized by the body and therefore must be included in the diet: essential amino acids.
n.
1. Something fundamental.
2. Something necessary or indispensable.

es·sen′ti·al′i·ty (-shē-ăl′ĭ-tē), es·sen′tial·ness n.
es·sen′tial·ly adv.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.essentialness - basic importance
importance - the quality of being important and worthy of note; "the importance of a well-balanced diet"
vitalness - the quality of being essential to maintain life
indispensability, indispensableness, vitalness - the quality possessed by something that you cannot possibly do without
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Most convincing is his overarching argument, dwelling intuitively in Hemingway and resonating throughout the corrida, of the essentialness of the human connection to wildness and nature and the conundrum that relationship and the man in the bullring represent: "In the very real long run--the earth abideth forever--will not nature continue," Josephs wonders, "and man be subsumed and eradicated?
Regenia's interstiality and the ways in which her identity resists any form of perceived racial categorization or essentialness constitute two concepts vital to and interrogative of hierarchical senses of self in the post-Reconstruction era.