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  Dictionary Definition of vital

vital
adjective
1. of or relating to life: vital functions or processes.
2. having life, or living.
3. having remarkable energy, enthusiasm, vivacity: he has a very vital personality.
4. being the seat or source of life: the vital parts or organs.
5. necessary to life.
6. necessary to the existence, continuance, or well-being of something; indispensable; essential: a vital necessity.
7. affecting the existence, well-being, truth, etc., of something: a vital error.
8. of critical importance: vital problems.
9. imparting life or vigour; vitalising, or invigorating.
10. affecting life; destructive to life: a vital wound.
-- noun
11. ( plural ) those bodily organs which are essential to life, as the brain, heart, lungs, and stomach.
12. ( plural ) the essential parts of anything.
[ME, from L vitalis ]
-- vitally, adverb -- vitalness, noun