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CRUCIAL: Dictionary Entry and Meaning

Pronunciation:  'krooshul

Matching Terms:  cruciality, crucially, crucian carp, cruciate, Cruciation

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [adj]  of extreme importance; vital to the resolution of a crisis; "a crucial moment in his career"; "a crucial election"; "a crucial issue for women"
  2. [adj]  having the power or quality of deciding; "the crucial experiment"; "cast the deciding vote"; "the determinative (or determinant) battle"
  3. [adj]  of the greatest importance; "the all-important subject of disarmament"; "crucial information"; "in chess cool nerves are of the essence"
  4. [adj]  having crucial relevance; "crucial to the case"; "relevant testimony"
 Synonyms: all important(p), all-important(a), critical, deciding(a), decisive, determinant, determinative, determining(a), important, life-and-death, life-or-death, material, of import, of the essence(p), pivotal, polar, relevant
 Antonyms: noncrucial
 See Also: essential



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
\Cru"cial\ (kr?"shal), a. [F. crucial, fr. L. crux,
crucis, cross, torture. See {Cross}.]
1. Having the form of a cross; appertaining to a cross;
   cruciform; intersecting; as, crucial ligaments; a crucial

2. Severe; trying or searching, as if bringing to the cross;
   decisive; as, a crucial test.

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