Definition of in essence in English:

in essence

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  • Basically and without regard for peripheral details; fundamentally.

    ‘in detail the class system is complex but in essence it is simple’
    • ‘Football, in essence, is competitive and it is important for the health of the game that it remains so.’
    • ‘Because in essence, power is getting other people to accept your interpretation of things.’
    • ‘They say that the mind works, in essence, like an enormously complicated algorithm.’
    • ‘It has been convincingly argued that nostalgia is, in essence, a state of depression.’
    • ‘The rest were in essence apolitical, which made their attitude even more alarming.’
    • ‘I have changed my mind, for better or worse, because in essence this is a diary even though I don't want it to be.’
    • ‘It doesn't matter who you are or what you are, in essence we all carry the same powerful feeling.’
    • ‘To wish it were otherwise is in essence to wish that we were not physical beings at all.’
    • ‘But, in essence there is now something bigger and more important than just being here.’
    • ‘Both types of wedding are, in essence, variations on the traditional fairytale ending.’
    • ‘The geniuses that we so often read about and hear about are in essence no different from us.’
    • ‘It may sound crude, but that is, in essence, the choice women are repeatedly asked to make.’
    basically, fundamentally, elementally, essentially, at bottom, at heart, primarily, principally, chiefly, firstly, predominantly, substantially, in substance, materially
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