crucial - definition and synonyms


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    something that is crucial is extremely important because it has a major effect on the result of something

    We believe the question being investigated by the Commission is one of crucial importance to the country.

    Anderson played a crucial role in the team’s 3–2 victory on Saturday.

    a crucial factor/element/part:

    Experience is, of course, a crucial factor in deciding who would be the best person for the job.

    crucial for:

    The money is crucial for the research.

    crucial to:

    Resolving this issue is crucial to making peace work.

    it is crucial (that):

    It is crucial that all students develop these basic skills.

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