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of great importance
  • How to Memorize
    • cardinal - central
  • Analysis

    Something that is ‘cardinal’ is of central or vital importance that should not be broken, avoided, or ignored. Despite that, the term can be used in a humorous way or simply for effect.

  • Exam DBSpoken DBOther
    Antonymsminor, unimportant, negligible,
  • Example(s)
    1. When I’m working from home, the cardinal rule is that no one in my family is to disturb me until I’m finished.

    2. Having coffee with cream is a cardinal sin according to Chris! He likes to think of himself as a connoisseur.

    3. Completing the order before the deadline has been my cardinal concern this week.