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definition of the word cardinal

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From Middle English cardinal (important, chief) < Latin cardinalis (pertaining to a hinge, hence applied to that on which something turns or depends, important, principal, chief) < cardo (hinge) + -alis (adjectival suffix).

cardinal (comparative more cardinal, superlative most cardinal)

Positive
cardinal

Comparative
more cardinal

Superlative
most cardinal

  1. Of fundamental importance.
    a cardinal rule
    a cardinal direction
  2. (nautical) Of or relating to the cardinal directions
    a cardinal mark
  3. Describing a number used in counting, e.g., one, two, three.
  4. (color) Having a bright red color (from the color of Catholic cardinals' cassock).

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