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What does ''crucial'' mean in this text?

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does it mean ''important''?

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    Sort of. Also fundamental. The image is that the point is the crux, or the support on which the whole structure of the argument is built.
    – Colin Fine
    May 7, 2022 at 21:23

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It's more than important. It is the idea that makes the argument work. Without it there is no proof.

The first definition from a Google search is what you want in this case:

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