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all-important

[awl-im-pawr-tnt] /ˈɔl ɪmˈpɔr tnt/
adjective
1.
extremely or vitally important; essential.
Origin of all-important
1830-1840
First recorded in 1830-40
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  • We should have the keys of the door that led to the all-important rooms.

    The Prisoner of Zenda Anthony Hope
  • Nor was Cleo unprepared in the all-important question of the play itself.

    Cleo The Magnificent

    Louis Zangwill
  • Now it is all-important that the beginning of everything should be according to nature.

    Timaeus Plato
  • The development of this interest and appreciation is the all-important object.

    College Teaching Paul Klapper
  • The spirit and method of attack is all-important; quantity is secondary.

British Dictionary definitions for all-important

all-important

adjective
1.
crucial; vital
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