Essential property

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In substance theory, an essential property (also called "substantial property") is a property of a thing which is an essential part of what type of thing it is. It is typically contrasted with incidental properties, which may be changed without substantially altering the essence of the thing in question.

For example, the ability to be sat upon is an essential property of a chair, whereas color and construction material are not.