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Definition very important or necessary
  • Doing well on the SAT is crucial to getting into the college I want to attend.
crucial = very important
  • The information is crucial to making a good decision.
  • crucial = very important
  • It was noticed that they were especially liable to break into 'Four legs good, two legs bad' at crucial moments in Snowball's speeches.
    George Orwell  --  Animal Farm
  • crucial = very important
  • Not the animal world, not the plant world, not the miracle of the spheres, but man himself is now the crucial mystery.
    Joseph Campbell  --  The Hero With a Thousand Faces
  • The crucial conversation with Ian might never have taken place if not for Jamie.
    Stephenie Meyer  --  The Host
  • My hope is to provide counseling and housing for families and victims of abductions and exploitations during the crucial early days of reconnection.
    Jaycee Lee Dugard  --  A Stolen Life
  • Sudden familiarity or instant intimacy seemed crucial to me.
    Toni Morrison  --  The Bluest Eye
  • Does he know how crucial it is to get every word right from now on?
    Suzanne Collins  --  The Hunger Games
  • It took no towering intelligence to conclude that this appeal would be crucial to my career as a teacher.
    Pat Conroy  --  The Water is Wide
  • Now came the crucial test: date palms, cotton, melons, coffee, medicinals — more than 200 selected food plant types to test and adapt.
    Frank Herbert  --  Dune
  • He began with making a crucial incision on me from the navel to the clavicula.
    Voltaire  --  Candide
  • Leave out the details, the crucial heart, and you can damn someone with the bare bones of it.
    Libba Bray  --  A Great and Terrible Beauty
  • If you get caught at some crucial point and somebody tells you that your doctrine doesn't make sense—you're ready for him.
    Ayn Rand  --  The Fountainhead
  • Of course she was going to take that into account when she made her decision, that crucial decision that would determine her whole future.
    Laura Esquivel  --  Like Water for Chocolate
  • During that first crucial moment, Bannerman didn't even hear Cujo's low, rising growl.
    Stephen King  --  Cujo
  • There were circumstances under which kills had to be made quietly-utter silence was the unreachable goal, but at least minimal noise was crucial.
    Robert Ludlum  --  The Bourne Ultimatum
  • This is a crucial moment for you!
    Ji-Li Jiang  --  Red Scarf Girl
  • Her hands were steady as she worked although she considered this drinking tonight as something crucial.
    Betty Smith  --  A Tree Grows in Brooklyn
  • The next few minutes were going to be crucial.
    James Dashner  --  The Maze Runner
  • Finally, the Admiral asked the crucial question—would Rita cooperate?
    Pat Frank  --  Alas, Babylon

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