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Does it mean "the most important"? If it does, I can't understand its nuance in that way.

mo37) Napoleon is known to have lost the battle of Waterloo because of his painful disease. A 1970 movie may have led to this myth. In the film, Napoleon is watching the battle when he becomes ill and he has to retreat to his tent. His commanders, without his lead, then launch an attack on the British and his French forces never recover. However, there is no actual document of this happening. Napoleon’s defeat was the result of a number of conditions, not the least of which was the fact that he was outnumbered. At Waterloo the French had about 70,000 men. Although the British had only 60,000 men, the Prussian army, which came to their aid, also had 70,000 men. Th
 

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It is not the most important and it is not the least important. Its importance ranks somewhere in between.

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No, it doesn't. It means 'not the least (important)' This implies that it had a degree of importance.
 
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