Definitions for Criticality

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

crit•i•calˈkrɪt ɪ kəl(adj.)

  1. inclined to find fault or to judge severely.

  2. occupied with or skilled in criticism.

  3. involving or requiring skillful judgment as to truth, merit, etc.

  4. of or pertaining to critics or criticism:

    critical essays.

  5. providing textual variants, proposed emendations, etc.:

    a critical edition of Chaucer.

  6. caused by or constituting a crisis:

    a critical shortage of food.

  7. of decisive importance; crucial.

  8. of essential importance; indispensable:

    a critical ingredient.

  9. (of a patient's condition) having unstable and abnormal vital signs and one or more unfavorable indicators.

    Category: Medicine

  10. Physics. pertaining to a state, value, or quantity at which one or more properties of a substance or system change. of a quantity of fissionable material large enough to sustain a chain reaction.

    Category: Physics

Origin of critical:

1580–90

crit`i•cal′i•ty(n.)

crit′i•cal•ness(n.)

Princeton's WordNet

  1. criticality, criticalness, cruciality(noun)

    a state of critical urgency

  2. criticality(noun)

    a critical state; especially the point at which a nuclear reaction is self-sustaining

Wiktionary

  1. criticality(Noun)

    The state of being critical

  2. criticality(Noun)

    A disposition for purposeful thinking and acting guided by criteria that are considered to be contextually appropriate and that are expected to result in positive outcomes related to the purpose.

  3. criticality(Noun)

    The point at which a nuclear reaction becomes self-sustaining

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