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crucial
used in Oryx and Crake

4 uses
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Definition
very important or necessary — often because it determines how something else will turn out
  • "Kind of is crucial," said Crake.
    p. 292.7
  • So many crucial events take place behind people's backs, when they aren't in a position to watch: birth and death, for instance.
    p. 10.9
  • He said he hadn't kept any crucial information on the home computer she'd wrecked, but of course he would have said that, and there was no way of proving otherwise.
    p. 64.1
  • He felt he'd disappointed her, he'd failed her in some crucial way.
    p. 68.3

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