(New American Roget's College Thesaurus)
adj. important, crucial, critical. See importance.
(Roget's IV) modif.
Syn. focal, crucial, middle; see central 1 , crucial .
(Roget's 3 Superthesaurus) a.
critical, crucial, vital, focal, important, determining, decisive, paramount.
ANT.: unimportant, insignificant, trivial
(Roget's Thesaurus II) adjective Dominant in importance or influence: central, key. See IMPORTANT.

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