- of or relating to life: vital processes.
- having remarkable energy, liveliness, or force of personality: a vital leader.
- being the seat or source of life: the vital organs.
- necessary to life: vital fluids.
- necessary to the existence, continuance, or well-being of something; indispensable; essential: vital for a healthy society.
- affecting the existence, well-being, truth, etc., of something: a vital error.
- of critical importance: vital decisions.
- destructive to life; deadly: a vital wound.
Origin of vital
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Examples from the Web for vitally
This reason alone may be why these comedians are vitally needed.Middle East Goes Monty Python on ISIS
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They are all vitally necessary for a thorough understanding of life's problems.College Teaching
He was always eager to forgive, and the money was vitally necessary.Mark Twain, A Biography, 1835-1910, Complete
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Never before nor since had the need of a deliverer been so vitally felt.Historical Tales, Vol. 6 (of 15)
He all but revolutionized French artillery, and vitally influenced other countries.Artillery Through the Ages
I came here to discuss the questions in which this section is so vitally interested.Watch Yourself Go By
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- essential to maintain lifethe lungs perform a vital function
- forceful, energetic, or livelya vital person
- of, relating to, having, or displaying lifea vital organism
- indispensable or essentialbooks vital to this study
- of great importance; decisivea vital game
- archaic influencing the course of life, esp negativelya vital treachery
- the bodily organs, such as the brain, liver, heart, lungs, etc, that are necessary to maintain life
- the organs of reproduction, esp the male genitals
- (plural) the essential elements of anything
Word Origin and History for vitally
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.
- Of, relating to, or characteristic of life.
- Necessary to the continuation of life.
- Used or done on a living cell or tissue, as in staining.
- Destructive to life; fatal, as of an injury.