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Ideas lose themselves as quickly as quail, and one must wing them the minute they rise out of the grass, or they are gone.
Thomas F. Kennedy
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English

Etymology

From New Latin instantia crucis (crossroads case).

Pronunciation

Adjective

crucial (comparative {{{1}}}, superlative {{{2}}})

Positive
crucial

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  1. Being essential or decisive for determining the outcome or future of something; extremely important.
    The battle of Tali-Ihantala in 1944 is one of the crucial moments in the history of Finland.
    A secure supply of crude oil is crucial for any modern nation, let alone a superpower.
  2. (archaic) Cruciform or cruciate; cross-shaped.
  3. (Template loop detected: Template:context 1) Term of approval, particularly when applied to reggae music.

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