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crucial
used in In Cold Blood

2 uses
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Definition
very important or necessary — often because it determines how something else will turn out
  • For Dewey and Duntz, patient professionals, had gradually narrowed the prisoner's life story to the events of the last seven weeks, then reduced those to a concentrated recapitulation of the crucial week-end-Saturday noon to Sunday noon, November 14 to 15.
    3 — Answer (72% in)
  • Dr. Jones was now recalled, and following the preliminaries that had accompanied his original appearance, Fleming put to him the crucial query: "From your conversations and examination of Perry Edward Smith, do you have an opinion as to whether he knew right from wrong at the time of the offense involved in this action?"
    4 — The Corner (49% in)

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