cardinal has definitions from the fields of zoology,color,Roman Catholic,religion,Christianity,mathematics
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[ adjective ] serving as an essential component

Examples

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

Used in print

(Tristram P. Coffin, "Folklore in the American Twentieth...)

Historians have come to recognize two cardinal facts concerning nationalism and international influence .

(John Michael Ray, "Rhode Island's Reactions...)

The Providence_Daily_Journal answered the Daily_Post by stating that the raid of John_Brown was characteristic of Democratic acts of violence and that `` He was acting in direct opposition to the Republican_Party , who proclaim as one of their cardinal principles that they do not interfere with slavery in the states '' .

(James Thurber, "The Future, If Any, of Comedy,"...)

I wrote a_few years ago that one of the cardinal rules of writing is that the reader should be able to get some idea of what the story is about .

Related terms

important

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[ noun ] (Roman Catholic Church) one of a group of more than 100 prominent bishops in the Sacred College who advise the Pope and elect new Popes

Used in print

(Irving Stone, The Agony and the Ecstasy....)

`` I am working for the Cardinal of San_Dionigi .

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[ noun ] (mathematics) the number of elements in a mathematical set; denotes a quantity but not the order

Synonyms

cardinal_number

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[ noun ] (color) a variable color averaging a vivid red

Synonyms

carmine

Related terms

red carmine

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[ noun ] Last name, frequency rank in the U.S. is 7622
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[ noun ] (zoology) crested thick-billed North American finch having bright red plumage in the male

Related terms

finch Richmondena

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