crucial
adjective Etymology: French, from Latin cruc-, crux cross Date: 1706 1. archaic cruciform 2. a. important or essential as resolving a crisis ; decisive <
a crucial step
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b. marked by final determination of a doubtful issue <
the crucial game of a series
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c. important, significant <
what use we make of them will be the crucial questionStanley Kubrick
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Synonyms: see acute

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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 — 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 …   Modern English usage

  • 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 — 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

  • crucial — crucial, ale (kru si al, a l ) adj. Terme technique. Qui est fait en croix. Des ferrements cruciaux. •   Ah ! quel plaisir je vais prendre à faire sur son corps [un corps à disséquer] une incision cruciale et à lui ouvrir le ventre depuis le… …   Dictionnaire de la Langue Française d'Émile Littré

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