cru·​cial·​ly | \ ˈkrü-sh(ə-)lē How to pronounce crucially (audio) \

Definition of crucially

1 : in a crucial manner
2 : very importantly

Examples of crucially in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Medvedev crucially saved a set point serving at 5-6 with an excellent forehand approach and got the better of a tense tiebreak. Ravi Ubha, CNN, "Daniil Medvedev reaches first grand slam final at US Open," 6 Sep. 2019 They’re being designed to be lighter, quieter, more environmentally friendly and -- crucially -- less expensive to operate than choppers. Washington Post, "Where’s My Flying Car? The Lowdown on Personal Flight," 5 Aug. 2019 Prince produced Kander and Ebb’s 1965 show Flora, the Red Menace, and crucially cast a 19-year-old Liza Minnelli to star in it. Aja Romano, Vox, "Broadway director Harold Prince left an unparalleled legacy of masterworks," 1 Aug. 2019 But a fairer picture can be reached by adding back interest costs, adjusting for leases and, crucially, by also treating research and development expenses as an investment that is depreciated gradually over time. The Economist, "American drugmakers are raising prices. Again," 21 June 2019 There is its beauty, its capacity to thrill with attacking play of rare delight and defensive play of awe-inspiring resilience; and, crucially, none of that is threatened in the long run by the introduction of greater fairness. Musa Okwonga, Quartz Africa, "How to make the case for and against VAR—video assistant referee—in the beautiful game," 10 June 2019 Retailers also need to innovate, and just as crucially, back their vision with investment. Washington Post, "Department Stores Are Dead? Nobody Told Primark," 18 Sep. 2019 Nelson brings a vacation vibe, blended piña coladas and, crucially, management experience from his time running Laurelhurst Market’s bar. Michael Russell, oregonlive, "Eem is Portland’s 2019 Restaurant of the Year," 12 Sep. 2019 Wagner writes these scenes scantly, perhaps to avoid bogging the movie down in long dialogue but seemingly, even more crucially, to give the characters’ pasts an air of quasi-universality. Richard Brody, The New Yorker, "Revisiting “Moment by Moment,” Lily Tomlin and John Travolta’s Wrongly Despised 1978 Melodrama," 9 Sep. 2019

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First Known Use of crucially

1879, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of crucially was in 1879

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not being in agreement or harmony

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