What does critical mean?

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.

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. Joe Kent:

    He's definitely the leader of the America First Movement, but the other reason why the Trump endorsement was so critical in our race is because of the jungle primary here in Washington State. In order to be effective against a 12-year incumbent, we had to really rally around one candidate.

  2. Henry Paulson:

    I can't help but think what would have happened if a divisive character such as Trump were president during the 2008 financial crisis, at a time when leadership, compromise and careful analysis were critical.

  3. Antonio Dominguez:

    We have seen some critical imports being released from terminals in the Santos complex. Still, we expect Brazilian export volumes will continue to be seriously impacted for the next few weeks.

  4. Kingsley Douglas:

    Western countries are looking out for their citizens first before looking elsewhere. I do not begrudge them for being protectionist in their approach, nonetheless, it is in the interest of everyone that the critical mass of the world's population gets vaccinated and protected against Covid. Vaccines should be uniformly and equitably distributed.

  5. Lisa Goldenberg:

    I think the Trump Administration's method is burnout. There is a path towards exemption, but it's very difficult, they started off saying 'I'm really important, I'm a critical need, there's no way this administration, who loves me, is going to hurt me,'.

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