Urgent vs Important
Urgent and Important are two words that are often confused due to the similarity in their meanings. In fact, both are different words that convey different senses. The word ‘urgent’ is used in the sense of ‘vital’ or ‘critical’. On the other hand, the word ‘important’ is used in the sense of ‘main’. This is the most important difference between urgent and important.
A main thing need not be critical or vital for that matter. Something else can be critical or vital. For example, purchasing medicines at a critical time is urgent, although money is important to purchase medicines. Hence, money is considered important whereas, medicines are considered to be urgent or vital to save the patient.
In other words, there is the sense of being critical in the usage of the word ‘urgent’. On the other hand, there is no sense of being critical in the usage of the word ‘important’. This is another important difference between the two words. Even if the relatives of the patient do not have sufficient money to buy the medicines they might get the help from somebody to purchase the critical or the vital medicines. This is what urgent is all about.
Take a look at the two sentences
1. The manager convened an urgent meeting.
2. The patient was ushered into the hospital for an urgent checkup.
In both the sentences, the word ‘urgent’ is used in the sense of ‘vital’ and hence, the meaning of the first sentence would be ‘the manager convened a vital meeting’, and the meaning of the second sentence would be ‘the patient was ushered into the hospital for a vital checkup’. On the other hand, the word ‘important’ is used in the sense of ‘essential’. These are the differences between the two words.