Both mean important according to WaniKani, but is there any difference between the two?
This thesaurus entry says they are almost the same (ほぼ同意), but then in the comparison table it does have one difference, where in the sentence 彼の行動には__な意味がある, 大事 is regarded as acceptable and 大切 is regarded as questionable. It doesn’t have any elaboration on why.
The entry may give you a good feel for these two in relation to other “important” words though, such as 重要 and some less common ones also covered.
Oh, and I guess one other major difference is that 大事 has a second set of meanings as a noun, rather than a な adjective. In that case, it means “a serious matter” or “a great undertaking” and it has a whole separate thesaurus entry. In that meaning it also has 2 readings, だいじ and おおごと.
Thank you for the quick reply!
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