cru·​cial·​ly | \ˈkrü-sh(ə-)lē \

Definition of crucially 

1 : in a crucial manner

2 : very importantly

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And crucially, the car business involves long lag times. Timothy B. Lee, Ars Technica, "GM’s self-driving deal with Honda is a wakeup call for Waymo," 4 Oct. 2018 Netflix’s financials — and, crucially, its nosebleed stock price — are predicated on many years of crazy growth to come. Peter Kafka, Recode, "Netflix’s stock crash won’t make the Big Media moguls feel any better," 17 July 2018 Whether or not Boeing goes forward with the 797 depends crucially on such calculations. Dominic Gates, The Seattle Times, "Boeing, pursuing its 797 concept, woos a key Airbus customer and stirs industry debate," 16 July 2018 Both are extremely powerful wizards in their own right — and crucially, both seem to have been scoped out and targeted by dark wizards wanting to exploit them for their own agendas. Aja Romano, Vox, "Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald’s bonkers plot twist, explained," 17 Nov. 2018 The impeccable writing, performances — and crucially, the sound design by Jeff Schmidt — all come together for a storytelling experience that is emotionally riveting, and at times as terrifying as the William Friedkin movie itself. Bryan Bishop, The Verge, "10 scary podcasts to listen to in the dark," 31 Oct. 2018 Her novel, crucially, drew from an artistic tradition that historically relied on fraught language about race and gender. Kelly Coyne, The Atlantic, "The Literary Insights of Sylvia Plath’s College Thesis," 22 May 2018 But a driver's ability to monitor a car's progress depends crucially on reflexes built up over years of driving. Timothy B. Lee, Ars Technica, "Why emergency braking systems sometimes hit parked cars and lane dividers," 8 June 2018 The archetypal grande dame—mature, larger-than-life, and, crucially, self-made—cultivates power consciously and uses it, operating without the constraints on a younger woman. Sadie Stein, Town & Country, "The Revival of Les Liaisons Dangereuses and the Evolution of the Society Grand Dame," 20 Sep. 2016

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First Known Use of crucially

1879, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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