What does the word crucial mean?

Usage examples for crucial

  1. Peter had an uncomfortable quarter of an hour when Donald Gordon was released on bail, because the Quaker boy insisted that the crucial phrase which had got them all into trouble had been stricken out of the manuscript before he handed it to Peter Gudge to take to the printer. – 100%: The Story of a Patriot by Upton Sinclair
  2. This is of crucial importance, since our best chance of winning friends among the women and poor of the other race is by justice to the women and poor of our own. – The Negro and the elective franchise. A Series Of Papers And A Sermon (The American Negro Academy. Occasional Papers, No. 11.) by Archibald H. Grimké, Charles C. Cook, John Hope, John L. Love, Kelly Miller, and Rev. Frank J. Grimké