a : important or essential as resolving a crisis : decisive
b : marked by final determination of a doubtful issue <the crucial game of a series>
c : important, significant <what use we make of them will be the crucial question — Stanley Kubrick>
Examples of CRUCIAL
- Vitamins are crucial for maintaining good health.
- It's crucial that we arrive before 8 o'clock.
- Teachers are crucial to the success of the school.
- She played a crucial role in the meeting.
Origin of CRUCIAL
French, from Latin cruc-, crux
First Known Use: 1706
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