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cardinal

adjective [always before noun]
 
 
/ˈkɑːdɪnəl/ formal
extremely important or serious: One of the cardinal rules of business is know what your customer wants.Being important and having importance
Translations of “cardinal”
in Spanish cardinal…
in French cardinal…
in German grundsätzlich, Haupt-……
in Chinese (Traditional) 極重要的, 基本的, 主要的…
in Russian основной, главный…
in Turkish son derece önmeli ve ciddi…
in Chinese (Simplified) 极重要的, 基本的, 主要的…
in Polish kardynalny, podstawowy…
(Definition of cardinal adjective from the Cambridge Learners Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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