cardinal

Exam frequency

Banks

low

Civil Services

low

GRE

low

Meaning(s)

of great importance

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cardinal - central

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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.

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Synonyms paramount
Antonyms minor,unimportant,negligible

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  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.

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