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vital

[ vahyt-l ]SEE DEFINITION OF vital
  • adj.essential
  • adj.lively
  • adj.alive

Synonyms for vital

  • basic
  • critical
  • crucial
  • decisive
  • fundamental
  • imperative
  • important
  • indispensable
  • integral
  • key
  • meaningful
  • necessary
  • needed
  • significant
  • urgent
  • bottom-line
  • cardinal
  • coal-and-ice
  • constitutive
  • heavy
  • life-or-death
  • meat-and-potatoes
  • name
  • name-of-the-game
  • nitty-gritty
  • prerequisite
  • required
  • requisite
  • underlined
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Antonyms for vital

  • additional
  • extra
  • inessential
  • insignificant
  • meaningless
  • minor
  • needless
  • nonessential
  • optional
  • secondary
  • trivial
  • uncritical
  • unimportant
  • unnecessary
  • useless
  • voluntary
  • worthless
  • dead
  • dull
  • insignficant
  • sluggish
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EXAMPLES FROM THE WEB FOR VITAL

After all it might be nothing of vital importance, merely a girls' disagreement.

Your National Government has a great and vital role to play.

America's vital interests and our deepest beliefs are now one.

To the Roman, the scenic and histrionic were the vital features of a production.

It is not easy for an Anglo-Saxon to confess the realities of affection in vital intimacies.

It's astonishing how people forget the vital things, and remember trifles.

We have adopted this system in all respects but one, and that the vital one.

But it can do something, and that something is vital and fundamental.

It had within it a vital and irrepressible element of growth.

She was still at the age to dream that the night of any dance may be the vital point in destiny.

WORD ORIGIN

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.

MORE RELATED WORDS FOR VITAL

acute

adjectivevery important
  • afflictive
  • critical
  • crucial
  • dangerous
  • decisive
  • desperate
  • dire
  • essential
  • grave
  • serious
  • severe
  • sudden
  • urgent
  • vital

animated

adjectivelively
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