essential element
es·sen·tial element n: an element of a tort or esp. a crime that must be alleged in the complaint or charging instrument (as the indictment) in order to make out a prima facie case

Merriam-Webster’s Dictionary of Law. . 1996.

essential element
index necessity, need (requirement)

Burton's Legal Thesaurus. . 2006

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