Main page content

absolutely essential

Redundancies are words that repeat information unnecessarily. Because essential already expresses an absolute idea, the modifier absolutely is redundant. For variety, use a synonym such as crucial, vital, necessary or important.

  • Redundant: It is absolutely essential that we finish the project this week.
  • Recommended: It is essential (or crucial or vital) that we finish the project this week.

Search by related themes

Want to learn more about a theme discussed on this page? Click on a link below to see all the pages on the Language Portal of Canada that relate to the theme you selected. The search results will be displayed in Language Navigator.

Date modified: