In fact, ask any battalion leader and they will tell you that the point man is vital to a mission.
And the opportunity to choose your seat is vital—middle seats are for the unprepared.
The other is KI—pronounced “chee”—is a deep concept, son, referring to the Chinese vital life force—way before Obi Wan.
Winning these "swing newspapers" back was considered a vital part of the Conservatives' route to Downing Street.
Thanks in part to his efforts, peanuts became a vital crop, and a thriving industry.
There is in the one a life which there is not in the other, and the difference is vital and radical.
Your National Government has a great and vital role to play.
And what of the rôle of a father in this most vital of responsibilities?
After all it might be nothing of vital importance, merely a girls' disagreement.
Neither the independence, nor the honour, nor any vital interest of the parties can be said to be involved in the dispute.
late 14c., "of or manifesting life," from Latin vitalis "of or belonging to life," from vita "life," related to vivere "to live," from PIE root *gwei- (cf. Old Persian *jivaka- "alive;" Greek bios "life," zoon "animal;" Lithuanian gyvata "(eternal) life;" Old English cwic, cwicu "living, alive;" Old Irish bethu "life;" cf. also bio-). The sense of "necessary or important" is from 1610s, via the notion of "essential to life" (late 15c.). Vital capacity recorded from 1852.
vital vi·tal (vīt'l)
Of, relating to, or characteristic of life.
Necessary to the continuation of life.
Used or done on a living cell or tissue, as in staining.
Destructive to life; fatal, as of an injury.
vitals vi·tals (vīt'lz)
The vital body organs.
The parts that are essential to continued functioning, as of a system.