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crucial

cru·cial

crucial

 
pronunciation:
kru shl
features:
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part of speech: adjective
definition: very important; deciding the success or failure of something.
It is crucial that you follow directions during a fire drill.The surgeon had reached a crucial moment during the operation.
 
antonyms:
minor
similar words:
central, critical, grave, imperative, momentous, serious, vital
derivation: crucially (adv.)
Word Parts
The word crucial contains the following part:
-al2, -ial, -ual Latin adjective-forming suffix that means pertaining to
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The suffix -al2, -ial attaches primarily to nouns (national , environmental ) but sometimes to Latin or Greek roots (final , capital , comical ) to form adjectives. See also -ar1.