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Definitions for Critical
ˈkrɪt ɪ kəlcrit·i·cal

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. criticaladjective

    marked by a tendency to find and call attention to errors and flaws

    "a critical attitude"

  2. criticaladjective

    at or of a point at which a property or phenomenon suffers an abrupt change especially having enough mass to sustain a chain reaction

    "a critical temperature of water is 100 degrees C--its boiling point at standard atmospheric pressure"; "critical mass"; "go critical"

  3. criticaladjective

    characterized by careful evaluation and judgment

    "a critical reading"; "a critical dissertation"; "a critical analysis of Melville's writings"

  4. critical, vitaladjective

    urgently needed; absolutely necessary

    "a critical element of the plan"; "critical medical supplies"; "vital for a healthy society"; "of vital interest"

  5. critical, decisiveadjective

    forming or having the nature of a turning point or crisis

    "a critical point in the campaign"; "the critical test"

  6. criticaladjective

    being in or verging on a state of crisis or emergency

    "a critical shortage of food"; "a critical illness"; "an illness at the critical stage"

  7. criticaladjective

    of or involving or characteristic of critics or criticism

    "critical acclaim"

Wiktionary

  1. criticaladjective

    Inclined to find fault or criticize; fastidious; captious; censorious; exacting.

    A good teacher is fair but critical.

  2. criticaladjective

    Pertaining to, or indicating, a crisis or turning point.

    This is a critical moment.

  3. criticaladjective

    Extremely important.

    It's critical that you deliver this on time.

  4. criticaladjective

    Relating to criticism or careful analysis, such as literary or film criticism.

    The movie was a critical success, but bombed at the box-office.

  5. criticaladjective

    Of a patient condition involving unstable vital signs and a prognosis that predicts the condition could worsen; or, a patient condition that requires urgent treatment in an intensive care or critical care medical facility.

    The patient's condition is critical.

  6. criticaladjective

    Likely to go out of control if disturbed, that is, opposite of stable.

    The political situation was so critical that the government declared the state of siege.

  7. criticaladjective

    Of the point (in temperature, reagent concentration etc.) where a nuclear or chemical reaction becomes self-sustaining.

    The reaction was about to become critical.

  8. Etymology: From the suffix -al and, from <

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Criticaladjective

    Etymology: from critick.

    It is submitted to the judgment of more critical ears, to direct and determine what is graceful and what is not. William Holder.

    Virgil was so critical in the rites of religion, that he would never have brought in such prayers as these, if they had not been agreeable to the Roman customs. Edward Stillingfleet.

    What wouldst thou write of me, if thou shouldst praise me? ——
    —— O, gentle lady, do not put me to’t;
    For I am nothing, if not critical. William Shakespeare, Othello.

    The moon is supposed to be measured by sevens, and the critical or decretory days to be dependent on that number. Thomas Browne, Vulgar Errours, b. iv. c. 12.

    Opportunity is in respect to time, in some sense, as time is in respect to eternity: it is the small moment, the exact point, the critical minute, on which every good work so much depends. Thomas Sprat, Sermons.

    The people cannot but resent to see their apprehensions of the power of France, in so critical a juncture, wholly laid aside. Jonathan Swift.

ChatGPT

  1. critical

    Critical can be defined as a thorough and analytical evaluation or examination of something, particularly by making judgments or forming opinions based on careful assessment and consideration of all relevant factors. It involves the ability to think objectively, asking thoughtful questions, and identifying weaknesses or flaws in arguments, ideas, or situations. Critical thinking often involves the skill of analyzing information, reasoning logically, and drawing well-informed conclusions. Additionally, being critical implies being open-minded, willing to challenge existing beliefs or assumptions, and seeking deeper understanding through questioning and reflection.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Criticalnoun

    qualified to criticise, or pass judgment upon, literary or artistic productions

  2. Criticalnoun

    pertaining to criticism or the critic's art; of the nature of a criticism; accurate; as, critical knowledge; a critical dissertation

  3. Criticalnoun

    inclined to make nice distinctions, or to exercise careful judgment and selection; exact; nicely judicious

  4. Criticalnoun

    inclined to criticise or find fault; fastidious; captious; censorious; exacting

  5. Criticalnoun

    characterized by thoroughness and a reference to principles, as becomes a critic; as, a critical analysis of a subject

  6. Criticalnoun

    pertaining to, or indicating, a crisis, turning point, or specially important juncture; important as regards consequences; hence, of doubtful issue; attended with risk; dangerous; as, the critical stage of a fever; a critical situation

  7. Etymology: [See Critic, n., Crisis.]

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British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'Critical' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #1787

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'Critical' in Written Corpus Frequency: #2749

  3. Adjectives Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'Critical' in Adjectives Frequency: #234

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Numerology

  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of Critical in Chaldean Numerology is: 9

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of Critical in Pythagorean Numerology is: 3

Examples of Critical in a Sentence

  1. Robert Mueller:

    Russian efforts to interfere in our political system, and the essential question of whether those efforts involved the President Donald Trump campaign, required investigation. In that investigation, it was critical for us( and, before us, the FBI) to obtain full and accurate information. Likewise, it was critical for Congress to obtain accurate information from its witnesses. When a subject lies to investigators, it strikes at the core of the government's efforts to find the truth and hold wrongdoers accountable. It may ultimately impede those efforts.

  2. Senator Walsh:

    I really don't believe nurses at our critical access hospitals spend their days playing cards, but I did say it, and I wish I could reel it back.

  3. Nick Rockwell:

    Even though there were specific conditions that triggered this outage, we should have anticipated it, we provide mission critical services, and we treat any action that can cause service issues with the utmost sensitivity and priority. We apologize to our customers and those who rely on them for the outage.

  4. Alejandro Mayorkas:

    Starting on January 22, 2022, the Department of Homeland Security will require that non-U.S. individuals entering the United States via land ports of entry or ferry terminals along our Northern and Southern borders be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 and be prepared to show related proof of vaccination, these updated travel requirements reflect the Biden-Harris Administration's commitment to protecting public health while safely facilitating the cross-border trade and travel that is critical to our economy.

  5. Robert Redford:

    Leaders on both sides lack the fundamental courage to cross political aisles on behalf of what is good for the American people, were at a point in time where I reluctantly believe that we have much to lose -- it is a critical and unforgiving moment.

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