[ 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"

Used in print

(Morton A. Kaplan and Nicholas de B. Katzenbach,...)

In municipal systems we tend to view what is called positivism as fundamentally a movement to democratize policy by increasing the power of parliament - the elected representatives - at the expense of the more conservative judiciary .