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.

    Etymology: From the suffix -al and , from <

  2. criticaladjective

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

    This is a critical moment.

    Etymology: From the suffix -al and , from <

  3. criticaladjective

    Extremely important.

    It's critical that you deliver this on time.

    Etymology: From the suffix -al and , from <

  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.

    Etymology: From the suffix -al and , from <

  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.

    Etymology: From the suffix -al and , from <

  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.

    Etymology: From the suffix -al and , from <

  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.

    Etymology: From the suffix -al and , from <

Webster Dictionary

  1. Criticalnoun

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

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

  2. Criticalnoun

    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. Criticalnoun

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

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

  4. Criticalnoun

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

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

  5. Criticalnoun

    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. 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

    Etymology: [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

  3. Adjectives Frequency

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

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  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. Larry Hogan:

    I think it is critical that the President of the United States -- when people are really scared and in the middle of this worldwide pandemic -- that in these press conferences, that we really get the facts out there.

  2. Song Young-gil:

    It's not urgent, the more urgent critical thing is how we can prevent (North Korean) nuclear testing, the sixth test.

  3. Tony Tyler:

    This includes better sharing of critical information about security risks to civil aviation.

  4. State John Kerry:

    We're very serious about that, this is a critical moment for South Sudan's survival and it's important for people who hold themselves up to be leaders to actually lead.

  5. Mark Warner:

    It's important for us at least, and I think for all of us here to remember to not lose sight about what this investigation is about: an outside, foreign adversary effectively sought to hijack our most critical democratic process, the election of a president, we're here to assure you and more importantly, the American people who are watching and listening, that we will get to the bottom of this.

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