negotiations were at a crucial stage

pivotal, critical, key, climacteric, decisive, deciding; life-and-death
minor, unimportant

confidentiality is crucial in this case

all-important, of the utmost importance, of the essence, critical, preeminent, paramount, essential, vital
crucial, acute, critical, deciding, pressing, urgent
In any emergency or crisis situation, there is usually a turning point. Such an event is called critical if it determines the outcome of a situation (a critical point in the nuclear disarmament negotiations; a critical election for the Democratic Party). Crucial can also refer to a turning point, but it emphasizes the necessity of something happening before a result can be achieved (the battle was crucial to their victory), while critical suggests more of a balance between positive and negative outcomes (a critical debate on foreign policy). Acute describes the intensification of a situation that is rapidly approaching a climax (an acute shortage of O-negative blood), while deciding refers to something that forces a certain outcome (a deciding factor in his recovery). Pressing and urgent are milder words. A situation that is pressing may be chronic rather than acute (a pressing need for changes in the political system), while an urgent situation may be approaching a crisis without reference to a specific turning point (an urgent meeting between the two presidents). While urgent expresses more intensity than pressing, neither adjective conveys the same sense of intensity as crucial, critical, or acute.

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  • crucial — crucial, iale, iaux [ krysjal, jo ] adj. • 1560; du lat. crux, crucis→ croix 1 ♦ Didact. Fait en croix. Incision cruciale. 2 ♦ (du lat. experimentum crucis, de F. Bacon, « expérience de la croix », par allus. aux poteaux indicateurs des… …   Encyclopédie Universelle

  • crucial — CRUCIÁL, Ă, cruciali, e, adj. De o importanţă capitală; hotărâtor. [pr.: ci al] – Din fr. crucial. Trimis de cristi, 13.09.2007. Sursa: DEX 98  CRUCIÁL adj. v. esenţial. Trimis de siveco, 13.09.2007. Sursa: Sinonime  cruciál …   Dicționar Român

  • Crucial — may refer to: Crucial Technology, a brand used by semiconductor manufacturer Micron Technology The Crucial Conspiracy, an album by The Dingees The Crucial Squeegie Lip, a recording by Ween Crucial Three, a short lived band, several of whose… …   Wikipedia

  • Crucial — Cru cial (kr? shal), a. [F. crucial, fr. L. crux, crucis, cross, torture. See {Cross}.] 1. Having the form of a cross; appertaining to a cross; cruciform; intersecting; as, crucial ligaments; a crucial incision. [1913 Webster] 2. Severe; trying… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • crucial — adjetivo 1. (antepuesto / pospuesto) [Momento] que es difícil o crítico y que puede decidir el éxito o el fracaso de una cosa o de una persona: El dinero llegó en un momento crucial. Ése fue un instante crucial en mi vida. Era una situación… …   Diccionario Salamanca de la Lengua Española

  • crucial — 1. Crucial means ‘decisive, critical’, and is often used as a more effective and more expressive alternative for important or significant: • There are four crucial stages in cheesemaking J. G. Davis, 1976 • I understand that you must edit letters …   Modern English usage

  • crucial — (Del ingl. crucial, y este del fr. crucial, der. del lat. crux, crucis, cruz). 1. adj. Dicho de una situación o de un momento: Crítico, decisivo. 2. En forma de cruz. Incisión crucial …   Diccionario de la lengua española

  • crucial — [kro͞o′shəl] adj. [Fr < L crux, CROSS] 1. of supreme importance; decisive; critical [a crucial decision] 2. Med. having the form of a cross [a crucial incision] SYN. ACUTE crucially adv …   English World dictionary

  • crucial — 1706, cross shaped, from Fr. crucial, a medical term for ligaments of the knee (which cross each other), from L. crux (gen. crucis) cross (see CROSS (Cf. cross)). The meaning decisive, critical (1830) is extended from a logical term, Instantias… …   Etymology dictionary

  • Crucial FM — was a fictional pirate radio station on the Lenny Henry comedy TV series on BBC 1. Henry played the character Delbert Wilkins , a D.J who broadcast his shows from the back of a kebab shop in Brixton. The opening credits of the programme started… …   Wikipedia

  • crucial — I adjective acute, climacteric, conclusive, consequential, critical, deciding, decisive, definitive, determining, essential, exigent, final, grave, imperative, important, influential, instant, material, momentous, of moment, of note, of supreme… …   Law dictionary

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