What does critical mean?

Definitions for critical
ˈkrɪt ɪ kəlcrit·i·cal

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. critical(adj)

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

    "a critical attitude"

  2. critical(adj)

    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. critical(adj)

    characterized by careful evaluation and judgment

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

  4. critical, vital(adj)

    urgently needed; absolutely necessary

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

  5. critical, decisive(adj)

    forming or having the nature of a turning point or crisis

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

  6. critical(adj)

    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. critical(adj)

    of or involving or characteristic of critics or criticism

    "critical acclaim"

Wiktionary

  1. critical(Adjective)

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

    A good teacher is fair but critical.

    Etymology: From the suffix -al and , from <

  2. critical(Adjective)

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

    This is a critical moment.

    Etymology: From the suffix -al and , from <

  3. critical(Adjective)

    Extremely important.

    It's critical that you deliver this on time.

    Etymology: From the suffix -al and , from <

  4. critical(Adjective)

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

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

    Etymology: From the suffix -al and , from <

  5. critical(Adjective)

    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.

    Etymology: From the suffix -al and , from <

  6. critical(Adjective)

    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.

    Etymology: From the suffix -al and , from <

  7. critical(Adjective)

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

    The reaction was about to become critical.

    Etymology: From the suffix -al and , from <

Webster Dictionary

  1. Critical(noun)

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

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

  2. Critical(noun)

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

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

  3. Critical(noun)

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

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

  4. Critical(noun)

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

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

  5. Critical(noun)

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

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

  6. Critical(noun)

    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

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

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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How to say critical in sign language?

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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. The ACLU:

    We have heard reports that Catholic bishops are prohibiting Catholic charities from allowing teens in their care to access critical services like contraception and abortion- even if the teenager has been raped on her journey to the United States or in a detention facility.

  2. Dustin Lee:

    We know very little about the acute and long-term effects of high-potency THC on neurobiology and behavior, this is especially concerning for teens, who are in a critical time for development of brain structures that are integral in executive functioning.

  3. CrossFit:

    Due to the physical intensity of the CrossFit workouts, a critical component of a complementary diet is protein, it provides energy and fuels performance.

  4. Dieter Waizenegger:

    We believe it is critical for McDonald's to have strong, independent board leadership. Fresh eyes are essential.

  5. David Carlson:

    Also critical is the fact that people survive the heat by using more energy for cooling, thus further depleting the world's resources.

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