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English definition of “essentially”

essentially

adverb uk   /ɪˈsen.ʃəl.i/ us  
B2 relating to the most important characteristics or ideas of something: It's essentially a dictionary but it differs in one or two respects. What he's saying is essentially true.Essential or necessary
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