- s urgently needed; absolutely necessary
vital for a healthy society
of vital interest
- s performing an essential function in the living body
blood and other vital fluids
the loss of vital heat in shock
a vital spot
- s full of spirit
a vital and charismatic leader
- s manifesting or characteristic of life
a vital, living organism
- His level of hemoglobin--the vital, oxygen-carrying compound in his red cells--had plummeted from a normal reading of 13 to an ominous 1.
- Interrogators had Corpsman check the detainee's vital signs.
- It was too risky at the time to remove the three-inch object, which did not pierce any vital parts of her brain.
- Edward Kennedy in Christian Science Monitor
I strongly support the law and the principle that the people should elect their Senator,Kennedy wrote in a letter to Gov. Deval Patrick, Senate President Therese Murray, and Speaker of the House Robert DeLeo. "I also believe it is vital...
- Barack Obama in USA Today
In his remarks at the Naval Air Station, Obama said he will "never hesitate to use force to protect the American people or our vital interests."
- Pope Benedict XVI in TIME
The concerns for nonviolence, sustainable development, justice and peace, and care for our environment are of vital importance for humanity,Benedict told the crowd.