precrucial

crucial

[kroo-shuhl]
adjective
1.
involving an extremely important decision or result; decisive; critical: a crucial experiment.
2.
severe; trying.
3.
of the form of a cross; cross-shaped.

Origin:
1700–10; < Latin cruci- (stem of crux) cross + -al1

cruciality [kroo-shee-al-i-tee, kroo-shal-] , noun
crucially, adverb
noncrucial, adjective
noncrucially, adverb
precrucial, adjective


1. momentous, vital, essential, significant.
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crucial (ˈkruːʃəl)
 
adj
1.  involving a final or supremely important decision or event; decisive; critical
2.  informal very important
3.  slang very good
 
[C18: from French, from Latin cruxcross]
 
'crucially
 
adv

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crucial
1706, from Fr. crucial, a medical term for ligaments of the knee (which cross each other), from L. crux (gen. crucis) "cross." The meaning "decisive, critical" is extended from a logical term, Instantias Crucis, adopted by Francis Bacon (1620); the notion is of cross fingerboard signposts at forking
roads, thus a requirement to choose.
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