1. [ adverb ] at bottom or by one's (or its) very nature
Synonyms: essentially basically fundamentally au_fond

"He is basically dishonest" "the argument was essentially a technical one" "for all his bluster he is in essence a shy person"

Related terms: essential fundamental basal essential fundamental
2. [ adverb ] with regard to fundamentals although not concerning details
Synonyms: in_principle in_theory

"in principle, we agree"

3. [ adjective ] being the essence or essential element of a thing
Synonyms: substantive substantial

"substantial equivalents" "substantive information"

Related terms: essential
Similar spelling:   insentience