marked by a tendency to find and call attention to errors and flaws
"a critical attitude"
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"
characterized by careful evaluation and judgment
"a critical reading"; "a critical dissertation"; "a critical analysis of Melville's writings"
urgently needed; absolutely necessary
"a critical element of the plan"; "critical medical supplies"; "vital for a healthy society"; "of vital interest"
forming or having the nature of a turning point or crisis
"a critical point in the campaign"; "the critical test"
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"
of or involving or characteristic of critics or criticism
Inclined to find fault or criticize; fastidious; captious; censorious; exacting.
A good teacher is fair but critical.
Pertaining to, or indicating, a crisis or turning point.
This is a critical moment.
It's critical that you deliver this on time.
Relating to criticism or careful analysis, such as literary or film criticism.
The movie was a critical success, but bombed at the box-office.
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.
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.
Of the point (in temperature, reagent concentration etc.) where a nuclear or chemical reaction becomes self-sustaining.
The reaction was about to become critical.
Origin: From the suffix -al and , from <
qualified to criticise, or pass judgment upon, literary or artistic productions
pertaining to criticism or the critic's art; of the nature of a criticism; accurate; as, critical knowledge; a critical dissertation
inclined to make nice distinctions, or to exercise careful judgment and selection; exact; nicely judicious
inclined to criticise or find fault; fastidious; captious; censorious; exacting
characterized by thoroughness and a reference to principles, as becomes a critic; as, a critical analysis of a subject
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
Origin: [See Critic, n., Crisis.]
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Rank popularity for the word 'critical' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #1787
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Rank popularity for the word 'critical' in Written Corpus Frequency: #2749
Rank popularity for the word 'critical' in Adjectives Frequency: #234
The numerical value of critical in Chaldean Numerology is: 9
The numerical value of critical in Pythagorean Numerology is: 3
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- критичен, преломен, придиращ, решителен, много важенBulgarian
- críticCatalan, Valencian
- crítica, críticoSpanish
- انتقادی, حیاتی, عیبجو, بحرانی, ایرادگیرPersian
- kriittinen, arvosteleva, kritisoiva, [[äärimmäinen, arvosteluFinnish
- kritikus, bíráló, válságosHungarian
- kritisch, kritiekDutch
- перело́мный, крити́ческий, придирчивый, реши́тельный, критическийRussian
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