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essentially adv : at bottom or by one's (or its) very nature; "He is basically dishonest"; "the argument was essentially a technical one"; "for all his bluster he is in essence a shy person" [syn: basically, fundamentally, in essence, au fond]

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  1. in an essential manner; in essence.

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

a outrance, absolutely, actually, all but, all in all, all out, almost entirely, approximately, as good as, as much as, at bottom, at heart, at the core, au fond, basically, beyond all bounds, beyond compare, beyond comparison, beyond measure, by and large, chiefly, completely, dead, downright, effectually, extremely, flat out, fundamentally, immeasurably, in essence, in itself, in substance, in the extreme, in the main, incalculably, indefinitely, infinitely, mainly, materially, most, mostly, on balance, on the whole, per se, perfectly, practically, primarily, purely, radically, really, substantially, totally, unconditionally, unequivocally, utterly, virtually, well-nigh, with a vengeance
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