Synonyms for (adjective) important

Synonyms: crucial, important

Definition: of extreme importance; vital to the resolution of a crisis

Usage: a crucial moment in his career; a crucial election; a crucial issue for women

Similar words: critical, decisive

Definition: forming or having the nature of a turning point or crisis

Usage: a critical point in the campaign; the critical test


Similar words: life-and-death, life-or-death

Definition: vitally important

Usage: a life-and-death struggle


Similar words: polar, pivotal

Definition: being of crucial importance

Usage: a pivotal event; Its pivotal location has also exposed it to periodic invasions- Henry Kissinger; the polar events of this study; a polar principal


Synonyms: important, of import

Definition: of great significance or value

Usage: important people; the important questions of the day

Similar words: of the essence, essential, crucial, all important, all-important

Definition: of the greatest importance

Usage: the all-important subject of disarmament; crucial information; in chess cool nerves are of the essence


Similar words: alpha

Definition: first in order of importance

Usage: the alpha male in the group of chimpanzees; the alpha star in a constellation is the brightest or main star


Similar words: beta

Definition: second in order of importance

Usage: the candidate, considered a beta male, was perceived to be unable to lead his party to victory


Similar words: big

Definition: significant

Usage: graduation was a big day in his life


Similar words: burning

Definition: of immediate import

Usage: burning issues of the day


Similar words: cardinal, central, key, primal, fundamental

Definition: serving as an essential component

Usage: a cardinal rule; the central cause of the problem; an example that was fundamental to the argument; computers are fundamental to modern industrial structure


Similar words: main, master, chief, primary, principal

Definition: most important element

Usage: the chief aim of living; the main doors were of solid glass; the principal rivers of America; the principal example; policemen were primary targets; the master bedroom; a master switch


Similar words: eventful, consequential

Definition: having important issues or results

Usage: the year's only really consequential legislation; an eventful decision


Similar words: Copernican

Definition: of radical or major importance

Usage: a Copernican revolution in modern art


Similar words: distinguished

Definition: (used of persons) standing above others in character or attainment or reputation

Usage: our distinguished professor


Similar words: grand

Definition: the most important and magnificent in adornment

Usage: grand ballroom; grand staircase


Similar words: grave, grievous, heavy, weighty

Definition: of great gravity or crucial import; requiring serious thought

Usage: grave responsibilities; faced a grave decision in a time of crisis; a grievous fault; heavy matters of state; the weighty matters to be discussed at the peace conference


Similar words: outstanding, great

Definition: of major significance or importance

Usage: a great work of art; Einstein was one of the outstanding figures of the 20th centurey


Similar words: historic

Definition: important in history

Usage: the historic first voyage to outer space


Similar words: in-chief

Definition: indicating the head of a staff

Usage: editor-in-chief


Similar words: measurable

Definition: of distinguished importance

Usage: a measurable figure in literature


Similar words: most-valuable

Definition: designating the player judged to be the most important to the sport

Usage: the most-valuable player award


Similar words: serious

Definition: of great consequence

Usage: marriage is a serious matter


Similar words: strategic

Definition: highly important to or an integral part of a strategy or plan of action especially in war

Usage: a strategic chess move; strategic withdrawal; strategic bombing missions


Synonyms: important

Definition: having or suggesting a consciousness of high position

Usage: recited the decree with an important air; took long important strides in the direction of his office

Similar words: immodest

Definition: having or showing an exaggerated opinion of your importance, ability, etc

Usage: brash immodest boasting


Synonyms: important, authoritative

Definition: having authority or ascendancy or influence

Usage: an important official; the captain's authoritative manner

Similar words: influential

Definition: having or exercising influence or power

Usage: an influential newspaper; influential leadership for peace


Synonyms: important, significant

Definition: important in effect or meaning

Usage: a significant change in tax laws; a significant change in the Constitution; a significant contribution; significant details; statistically significant

Similar words: momentous

Definition: of very great significance

Usage: deciding to drop the atom bomb was a very big decision; a momentous event


Similar words: epoch-making, epochal

Definition: highly significant or important especially bringing about or marking the beginning of a new development or era

Usage: epochal decisions made by Roosevelt and Churchill; an epoch-making discovery


Similar words: world-shaking, world-shattering, earthshaking

Definition: sufficiently significant to affect the whole world

Usage: earthshaking proposals; the contest was no world-shaking affair; the conversation...could hardly be called world-shattering


Similar words: evidential, evidentiary

Definition: serving as or based on evidence

Usage: evidential signs of a forced entry; its evidentiary value


Similar words: fundamental, profound

Definition: far-reaching and thoroughgoing in effect especially on the nature of something

Usage: the fundamental revolution in human values that has occurred; the book underwent fundamental changes; committed the fundamental error of confusing spending with extravagance; profound social changes


Similar words: large

Definition: fairly large or important in effect; influential

Usage: played a large role in the negotiations


Similar words: monumental

Definition: of outstanding significance

Usage: Einstein's monumental contributions to physics


Similar words: noteworthy, remarkable

Definition: worthy of notice

Usage: a noteworthy fact is that her students rarely complain; a remarkable achievement


Similar words: probative, probatory

Definition: tending to prove a particular proposition or to persuade you of the truth of an allegation

Usage: evidence should only be excluded if its probative value was outweighed by its prejudicial effect


Similar words: operative

Definition: effective; producing a desired effect

Usage: the operative word


Similar words: prodigious, portentous

Definition: of momentous or ominous significance

Usage: such a portentous...monster raised all my curiosity- Herman Melville; a prodigious vision