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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.