Definition of essentially in English:



  • Used to emphasize the basic, fundamental, or intrinsic nature of a person or thing.

    sentence adverb ‘essentially, they are amateurs’
    • ‘I took the view that the second and third questions were essentially questions of law.’
    • ‘I would not say that violence is essentially evil unless you view human nature as evil.’
    • ‘Political correctness is essentially an etiquette, a series of codes by which we are supposed to live our lives.’
    • ‘It is essentially a family company that has come upon hard times.’
    • ‘This was essentially used to support the policies of the then government.’
    • ‘In its layout and style it is essentially the same as it was in the early part of the last century.’
    • ‘Going with friends is pointless because essentially casino gambling is not a team sport.’
    • ‘This is essentially a rather boring trade fair designed to give people in the media a few days out of London.’
    • ‘They prey on the vulnerable, essentially, and they get vast sums of money out of some people.’
    • ‘I think there are, essentially, two sorts of issues that need to be dealt with in reviews.’
    • ‘It's hard enough to make one good album, so to get two out of essentially the same material is a tall order.’
    • ‘It is essentially a family day with lots of events for the enjoyment of young and old.’
    • ‘It is essentially the same gas you might use to power a barbecue.’
    • ‘He was essentially a private person who supported Dorothy and he was kind and caring.’
    • ‘Of course it's a lot more complicated in the detail but this is essentially the situation.’
    • ‘Both were essentially protest parties destined to remain on the fringes of the debate.’
    • ‘It seems quite strange that what is essentially a car boot sale happens at night.’
    • ‘To say that God is timeless is essentially to say that God is located outside time.’
    • ‘I found it sad that the success of the film essentially destroyed him and his career.’
    • ‘Like most great radicals he was essentially a loner with a gift of the gab and rage in his heart.’
    fundamentally, primarily, principally, chiefly, essentially, elementally, firstly, predominantly