|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|
"in principle, we agree"
|3.||[ adjective ] being the essence or essential element of a thing|
"substantial equivalents" "substantive information"