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  2  definitions  found 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  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. 
 
  2.  Severe;  trying  or  searching,  as  if  bringing  to  the  cross; 
  decisive;  as  a  crucial  test. 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  crucial 
  adj  1:  of  extreme  importance;  vital  to  the  resolution  of  a  crisis; 
  "a  crucial  moment  in  his  career";  "a  crucial 
  election";  "a  crucial  issue  for  women"  [syn:  {important}] 
  [ant:  {noncrucial}] 
  2:  having  crucial  relevance;  "crucial  to  the  case";  "relevant 
  testimony"  [syn:  {relevant}] 
  3:  of  the  greatest  importance;  "the  all-important  subject  of 
  disarmament";  "crucial  information";  "in  chess  cool  nerves 
  are  of  the  essence"  [syn:  {all-important(a)},  {all 
  important(p)},  {essential},  {of  the  essence(p)}] 
  4:  having  the  power  or  quality  of  deciding;  "the  crucial 
  experiment";  "cast  the  deciding  vote";  "the  determinative 
  (or  determinant)  battle"  [syn:  {deciding(a)},  {determinant}, 
  {determinative},  {determining(a)}] 




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