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 Instead, his presence offers an invitation to participation for people who aren’t versed in digital forensics or—crucially—charged with investigating violations of the law. Jacob Silverman, The New Republic, "Why Are Journalists and Surveillance Researchers Helping the FBI to Catch Capitol Rioters?," 11 Jan. 2021 The early praise gave way to a flood of criticism: Thousands of articles and tweets took issue with the author’s identity, the book itself, and, crucially, a massive marketing push that was viewed as tasteless and misleading. Lila Shapiro, Vulture, "Blurbed to Death," 5 Jan. 2021 However innovative, the Eastman plan was in many respects crude, failing most crucially to account for and preserve the Sabbath. Richard Conn Henry, National Review, "As We Usher in 2021, It’s Time to Adopt a Permanent Calendar," 31 Dec. 2020 And, crucially, whether enough people refuse the possibility of protection, through vaccination or through masks, to leave us all at risk. Maryn Mckenna, Wired, "Yes to Masks. No to Parties. 2021 Will Be a Lot Like 2020," 31 Dec. 2020 While the final concessions ultimately appeared to have come from the U.K.'s side, the deal crucially preserves tariff-free trade between the bloc and Britain. Katherine Dunn, Fortune, "The U.K. has finally reached a Christmas Eve trade deal with the EU," 24 Dec. 2020 Then, in November 2019, DeepMind released details of MuZero, a version that learns to play these and other games—but crucially without needing to know the rules beforehand. Will Knight, Wired, "What AlphaGo Can Teach Us About How People Learn," 23 Dec. 2020 But crucially, the package also pushed the 27 member countries into a closer financial union, allowing the EU to issue joint debt for the first time. Robinson Meyer, The Atlantic, "The Weekly Planet: The 5 Biggest Climate Stories of 2020," 22 Dec. 2020 Finally, and crucially, the vaccine is meant to be used in and to protect the general population. Star Tribune, "Readers Write: Puzzles, defying COVID restrictions, human challenge trials, laughter," 17 Dec. 2020

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First Known Use of crucially

1879, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Crucially.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 17 Jan. 2021.

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