Essential and Surplus


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Essential adjective – Impossible to do without.
Usage example: a well-stocked public library is essential for the well-being of a community

Surplus is an antonym for essential in fundamental topic.
Nearby Words: essence, essentially, essentiality
Antonyms for Essential


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Surplus adjective – Being over what is needed.
Essential is an antonym for surplus in extra topic.
Nearby Word: surplusage
Antonyms for Surplus
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How words are described

black black essential black surplus

Things that words describes

ability essential ability surplus ability
crew essential crew surplus crew
parts essential parts surplus parts
equipment essential equipment surplus equipment
Other nouns: resources, supplies, items, skills, workers.

Both words in one sentence

  • Video Game / Pharaoh For some reason, the Pharaoh doesn't just make the request of the city with the surplus... When you go in to debt, you will receive a 'rescue gift' from Pharaoh, which becomes nearly essential on Very Hard.
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Surplus or Essential. 2016. Accessed April 14, 2021.

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