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"Esencial" is an adjective which is often translated as "essential", and "imprescindible" is an adjective which is also often translated as "essential". Learn more about the difference between "esencial" and "imprescindible" below.
esencial(
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An adjective is a word that describes a noun (e.g. the big dog).
1. (indispensable)
a. essential
El agua es esencial para la vida.Water is essential for life.
2. (inherent)
a. essential
¿Son dichas emociones parte esencial de la naturaleza humana?Are such emotions an essential part of human nature?
3. (principal)
a. main
El ministro declaró que el motivo esencial de su dimisión era puramente personal.The minister stated that his main reason for resigning was purely personal.
4. (distilled)
a. essential
El jabón contiene aceites esenciales que nutrirán y darán tersura a su piel.The soap contains essential oils that will nourish and smooth your skin.
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imprescindible(
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An adjective is a word that describes a noun (e.g. the big dog).
1. (crucial)
a. essential
Una actitud positiva es imprescindible para este tipo de trabajo.A positive attitude is essential for this type of job.
Los ingredientes imprescindibles para un matrimonio feliz son la paciencia y el amor.The essential ingredients for a happy marriage are patience and love.
b. indispensable
Esta guía de viaje es una herramienta imprescindible para tu viaje.This travel guide is an indispensable tool for your trip.
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