in essence

1. [Adverb]: with regard to fundamentals although not concerning details; "in principle, we agree"

2. [Adverb]: at bottom or by one''s (or its) very nature; "He is basically dishonest"; "the argument was essentially a technical one"; "for all his bluster he is in essence a shy person"

3. being the essence or essential element of a thing; "substantial equivalents"; "substantive information"

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