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CRUCIAL

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does crucial mean? 

CRUCIAL (adjective)
  The adjective CRUCIAL has 4 senses:

1. of extreme importance; vital to the resolution of a crisis
2. having crucial relevance
3. of the greatest importance
4. having the power or quality of deciding

  Familiarity information: CRUCIAL used as an adjective is uncommon.


 Dictionary entry details 


CRUCIAL (adjective)


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Meaning:

Of extreme importance; vital to the resolution of a crisis

Synonyms:

crucial; important

Context examples:

a crucial moment in his career / a crucial election / a crucial issue for women

Similar:

critical; decisive (forming or having the nature of a turning point or crisis)

life-and-death; life-or-death (vitally important)

pivotal; polar (being of crucial importance)

Also:

critical (being in or verging on a state of crisis or emergency)

decisive (determining or having the power to determine an outcome)

essential (basic and fundamental)

Antonym:

noncrucial (of little importance; not decisive)


Sense 2crucial [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Having crucial relevance

Context examples:

crucial to the case / relevant testimony

Similar:

material (directly relevant to a matter especially a law case)


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Meaning:

Of the greatest importance

Synonyms:

all important; all-important; of the essence; crucial; essential

Context examples:

the all-important subject of disarmament / crucial information / in chess cool nerves are of the essence

Similar:

important; of import (of great significance or value)


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Meaning:

Having the power or quality of deciding

Synonyms:

determining; determinative; determinant; deciding; crucial

Context examples:

the crucial experiment / cast the deciding vote / the determinative (or determinant) battle

Similar:

decisive (determining or having the power to determine an outcome)


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