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Definition 1: of extreme importance; vital to the resolution of a crisis - [adjective denoting all]

Samples where crucial or its synonyms are used according to this definition

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

Synonyms for crucial in the sense of this definition

(crucial is similar to ...) forming or having the nature of a turning point or crisis

"a critical point in the campaign" "the critical test"

(crucial is similar to ...) vitally important

"a life-and-death struggle"

(crucial is similar to ...) being of crucial importance

"a pivotal event" "Its pivotal location has also exposed it to periodic invasions" "the polar events of this study" "a polar principal"

(means also ...) being in or verging on a state of crisis or emergency

"a critical shortage of food" "a critical illness" "an illness at the critical stage"

(means also ...) determining or having the power to determine an outcome

"cast the decisive vote" "two factors had a decisive influence"

(means also ...) basic and fundamental

"the essential feature"

Definition 2: of the greatest importance - [adjective satellite denoting all]

Samples where crucial or its synonyms are used according to this definition

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

Synonyms for crucial in the sense of this definition

(crucial is similar to ...) of great significance or value

"important people" "the important questions of the day"

Definition 3: having crucial relevance - [adjective satellite denoting all]

Samples where crucial or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • crucial to the case
  • relevant testimony

(crucial is similar to ...) directly relevant to a matter especially a law case

"his support made a material difference" "evidence material to the issue at hand" "facts likely to influence the judgment are called material facts" "a material witness"

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