What is the difference between the words "essential" and "necessary?


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  • Essential- certain things that are important. Utmost required. No obligation.
    Necessary- certain things that can be avoided but can live without

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  • There is some overlap but necessary is a description of an external action or condition, essential is the defining character of a thing, what makes it what it is. People frequently misuse essential as simply a more imperative form of necessary.

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