crucial


crucial
crucial
1. Crucial means ‘decisive, critical’, and is often used as a more effective and more expressive alternative for important or significant:

• There are four crucial stages in cheesemaking —J. G. Davis, 1976

• I understand that you must edit letters, but the crucial point on avoiding sexist language was omitted —Today's Horse, 1991.

2. The same thing has happened to the adverb crucially, which is sometimes used as a synonym of ‘importantly’, and even of ‘very’ or ‘extremely’:

• At this juncture, two crucially fundamental questions now emerge —Guardian, 1989

• Crucially, he promised to undertake an immediate and fundamental review of the tax —Parliamentary Affairs, 1991.


Modern English usage. 2014.

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  • crucial — crucial, iale, iaux [ krysjal, jo ] adj. • 1560; du lat. crux, crucis→ croix 1 ♦ Didact. Fait en croix. Incision cruciale. 2 ♦ (du lat. experimentum crucis, de F. Bacon, « expérience de la croix », par allus. aux poteaux indicateurs des… …   Encyclopédie Universelle

  • crucial — CRUCIÁL, Ă, cruciali, e, adj. De o importanţă capitală; hotărâtor. [pr.: ci al] – Din fr. crucial. Trimis de cristi, 13.09.2007. Sursa: DEX 98  CRUCIÁL adj. v. esenţial. Trimis de siveco, 13.09.2007. Sursa: Sinonime  cruciál …   Dicționar Român

  • Crucial — may refer to: Crucial Technology, a brand used by semiconductor manufacturer Micron Technology The Crucial Conspiracy, an album by The Dingees The Crucial Squeegie Lip, a recording by Ween Crucial Three, a short lived band, several of whose… …   Wikipedia

  • Crucial — Cru cial (kr? shal), a. [F. crucial, fr. L. crux, crucis, cross, torture. See {Cross}.] 1. Having the form of a cross; appertaining to a cross; cruciform; intersecting; as, crucial ligaments; a crucial incision. [1913 Webster] 2. Severe; trying… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • crucial — adjetivo 1. (antepuesto / pospuesto) [Momento] que es difícil o crítico y que puede decidir el éxito o el fracaso de una cosa o de una persona: El dinero llegó en un momento crucial. Ése fue un instante crucial en mi vida. Era una situación… …   Diccionario Salamanca de la Lengua Española

  • crucial — (Del ingl. crucial, y este del fr. crucial, der. del lat. crux, crucis, cruz). 1. adj. Dicho de una situación o de un momento: Crítico, decisivo. 2. En forma de cruz. Incisión crucial …   Diccionario de la lengua española

  • crucial — [kro͞o′shəl] adj. [Fr < L crux, CROSS] 1. of supreme importance; decisive; critical [a crucial decision] 2. Med. having the form of a cross [a crucial incision] SYN. ACUTE crucially adv …   English World dictionary

  • crucial — 1706, cross shaped, from Fr. crucial, a medical term for ligaments of the knee (which cross each other), from L. crux (gen. crucis) cross (see CROSS (Cf. cross)). The meaning decisive, critical (1830) is extended from a logical term, Instantias… …   Etymology dictionary

  • Crucial FM — was a fictional pirate radio station on the Lenny Henry comedy TV series on BBC 1. Henry played the character Delbert Wilkins , a D.J who broadcast his shows from the back of a kebab shop in Brixton. The opening credits of the programme started… …   Wikipedia

  • crucial — I adjective acute, climacteric, conclusive, consequential, critical, deciding, decisive, definitive, determining, essential, exigent, final, grave, imperative, important, influential, instant, material, momentous, of moment, of note, of supreme… …   Law dictionary


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