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One entry found for crucial.
Main Entry: cru·cial
Pronunciation: primarystresskrü-shschwal
Function: adjective
Etymology: from French crucial "having the form of a cross, being or involving a crisis," from Latin cruc-, crux "cross, trouble, torture" --related to CROSS, CRUCIFY, CRUX
1 : being a final or very important test or decision : DECISIVE <the crucial game of a series>
2 : very important : SIGNIFICANT <water is a crucial element in our weather>
- cru·cial·ly /primarystresskrüsh-(schwa-)lemacron/ adverb

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