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They are all vitally necessary for a thorough understanding of life's problems.

He was always eager to forgive, and the money was vitally necessary.

Never before nor since had the need of a deliverer been so vitally felt.

He all but revolutionized French artillery, and vitally influenced other countries.

I came here to discuss the questions in which this section is so vitally interested.

Marriage is a union, intimate, strong-bound, and vitally active.

It is only fair to me, as I am quite as vitally affected as any one in the result.

Like almost everyone else, he was vitally concerned in this latest affair.

The state of society in America was vitally different from that in England.

It has oxygen in large amounts, which is vitally needed, but that's the only advantage.

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.

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