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essential

2 noun
     
essential2
1 [countable usually plural] something that is necessary to do something or in a particular situation:
She packed a few essentials.
We only had the bare essentials (=the most necessary things).
2

the essentials

[plural] the basic and most important information or facts about a particular subject
the essentials of
We have no reason to doubt the essentials of the girl's story.

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