Definition of "essentially" [es•sen•tial•ly]

  • In an essential manner; in essence. (adverb)

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Use "essentially" in a sentence
  • "A redshirt is a term essentially used for skipping a year."
  • "After discussion with several experts -- actually, reporter colleagues who sit within a 30-foot radius -- the consensus is that the term essentially refers to someone oddly detached from reality."
  • "The term essentially refers to everyone except for non-Hispanic white people."