an important element
• This one fact is the most important element of the theory.
a major element
(= very important )
• Private study is a major element of the students’ timetable.
a key element
(= very important and necessary )
• Trust is a key element in any relationship.
a crucial/critical element
(= extremely important and necessary )
• The most crucial element of our economic system is the law of supply and demand.
a vital/essential element
(= necessary so that something can happen or exist )
• Her determination is a vital element of her success.
the main element
(= most important )
• The reform programme has three main elements.
noun one part of sth ADJ. basic, critical, crucial, decisive, essential, fundamental, important, key, main, major, necessary, principal, significant, vital | dominant The promise of tax cuts became the dominant element in the campaign. | considerable, large There is a considerable element of danger in her job. | competitive There is too much of a competitive element in the sales department. | racial, sexual Police say there may have been a racial element to the attacks. VERB + ELEMENT be, constitute, form | contain, have, include, involve These rumours do contain an element of truth. | introduce PREP. ~ in This constitutes one of the key elements in this reform programme. | ~ of Practical work will form a major element of the syllabus. There may have been an element of jealousy in her response. the elements: bad weather VERB + ELEMENT brave I put on my thick coat ready to brave the elements. | battle (against) He told us stories of how he had battled the elements on his mountaineering trips. | be exposed to, be open to The place was completely exposed to the elements. | be protected from, be sheltered from PHRASES protection/shelter from the elements
Oxford Collocations Dictionary