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[awl-im-pawr-tnt] /ˈɔl ɪmˈpɔr tnt/
extremely or vitally important; essential.
Origin of all-important
1830-40 Unabridged
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  • We should have the keys of the door that led to the all-important rooms.

    The Prisoner of Zenda Anthony Hope
  • Nor was Cleo unprepared in the all-important question of the play itself.

    Cleo The Magnificent Louis Zangwill
  • What he said may be nothing, but the fact that he said it is all-important.

    Egotism in German Philosophy George Santayana
  • Now it is all-important that the beginning of everything should be according to nature.

    Timaeus Plato
  • Runners were sent into the jungle to procure the all-important macasla herb, and that night the mixture was prepared.

British Dictionary definitions for all-important


crucial; vital
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