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crucial
used in Killing Kennedy

6 uses
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Definition
very important or necessary — often because it determines how something else will turn out
  • And here at home, the power of the Mafia crime syndicates and the divisiveness of the civil rights movement are two crucial situations requiring immediate attention.
    p. 13.1
  • A diversionary landing on Saturday was supposed to put roughly 160 anti-Castro Cuban freedom fighters ashore near Guantanamo Bay, but was canceled due to the breakdown of a crucial boat.
    p. 52.7
  • Despite Johnson's crucial role in delivering Texas to Kennedy on Election Day, Senator Ralph Yarborough is now moving in to take control of Texas politics, and Secretary of the Navy John Connally is making plans to run for governor.
    p. 55.9
  • The vice president made the crucial mistake of being disloyal to President Kennedy, initially aligning himself with the hawkish generals who advocated a full-blown invasion.
    p. 131.5
  • Polls show that his popularity in the crucial state of Texas has dipped to an all-time low—and continues to drop.
    p. 193.4
  • At 12:29 the motorcade makes the crucial sharp right-hand turn onto Houston Street.
    p. 261.5

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