vital

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Etymology[edit]

From Middle English, from Old French, from Latin vītālis (of life, life-giving), from vīta (life), from vīvō (live).

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vital (comparative more vital, superlative most vital)

  1. Relating to, or characteristic of life.
    vital energies; vital functions; vital actions
  2. Necessary to the continuation of life; being the seat of life; being that on which life depends.
    The brain is a vital organ.
    • Spenser
      Do the heavens afford him vital food?
  3. Invigorating or life-giving.
  4. Necessary to continued existence.
    The transition to farming was vital for the creation of civilisation.
  5. Relating to the recording of life events.
    Birth, marriage and death certificates are vital records.
  6. Very important.
    It is vital that you don't forget to do your homework.
    • 2012 December 21, Simon Jenkins, “We mustn't overreact to North Korea boys' toys”, The Guardian Weekly, volume 188, number 2, page 23: 
      David Cameron insists that his latest communications data bill is “vital to counter terrorism”. Yet terror is mayhem. It is no threat to freedom. That threat is from counter-terror, from ministers capitulating to securocrats.
  7. Containing life; living.
    • Milton
      spirits that live throughout, vital in every part
    • Alexander Pope
      The dart flew on, and pierced a vital part.
  8. Capable of living; in a state to live; viable.
    • Sir Thomas Browne
      Pythagoras and Hippocrates [] affirm the birth of the seventh month to be vital.

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French[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Latin vītālis (of life, life-giving).

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vital m (feminine vitale, masculine plural vitaux, feminine plural vitales)

  1. vital

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Galician[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Latin vītālis (of life, life-giving).

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vital m, f (plural vitais)

  1. vital (relating to, or characteristic of life)
  2. vital, important, necessary

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Adjective[edit]

vital m, f (plural vitales)

  1. vital

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