Definition of crucial in English:


Line breaks: cru|cial
Pronunciation: /ˈkruːʃ(ə)l




Pronunciation: /-ʃɪˈalɪti/
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  • But beyond that, surely, the narrative wants to attest to the irresistible cruciality of the Israelite prophet and the God of the Israelite prophet who is the healer of the nations.
  • This is the first chapter of the long account of life in the land and voices a primal thesis concerning the cruciality of the Torah that is to dominate the entire account to follow.
  • In his mind, he could still see his father's gleaming eyes when he reminded Michael again, a few hours ago, about the cruciality of the dinner.


[sentence adverb]: crucially, evacuees in the first wave were never subjected to systematic medical inspection
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  • It is crucially important that people think they are electing a government, a team, not just one man.
  • The novel contains huge chunks of dialogue and, as social class is a big theme, accent is crucially important.
  • The early years of a person's life are crucially important for his or her later development.


early 18th century (in the sense 'cross-shaped'): from French, from Latin crux, cruc- 'cross'. The sense 'decisive' is from Francis Bacon's Latin phrase instantia crucis 'crucial instance', which he explained as a metaphor from a crux or fingerpost marking a fork at a crossroad; Newton and Boyle took up the metaphor in experimentum crucis 'crucial experiment'.

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