es·sence /'es-əns/ n1: the real or ultimate nature of a thing: the properties that make a thing what it ishis award is legitimate only so long as it draws its essence from the collective bargaining agreement — United Steel Workers v. Enterprise Wheel and Car Corp., 363 U.S. 593 (1960) see also essence test2: the predominant purpose of a thingthe essence of the contractof the essence: of the utmost importance; specif: so material in nature that failure to satisfy its requirements constitutes a breach of contracttime is of the essence>
Merriam-Webster’s Dictionary of Law. Merriam-Webster. 1996.
basic part, core, embodiment, essential part, fundamental part, gist, heart, hypostasis, inmost nature, inner being, meaning, natura, nature, pith, quiddity, quintessence, soul, substance, vis
associated concepts: essence of a contract, essence of testimony by a witness
basis, capsule, character (personal quality), characteristic, compendium, connotation, consequence (significance), content (meaning), contents, cornerstone, corpus, digest, epitome, gist (substance), gravamen, import, interior, main point, necessary, outline (synopsis), point (purpose), scenario, signification, spirit, structure (composition), substance (essential nature), sum (tally)
Burton's Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 2006