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Meaning & Definition of Critical in English

English

Critical

/krɪtɪkəl/

adjective

1. Marked by a tendency to find and call attention to errors and flaws

  • "A critical attitude"
    synonym:
  • critical

2. 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"
    synonym:
  • critical

3. Characterized by careful evaluation and judgment

  • "A critical reading"
  • "A critical dissertation"
  • "A critical analysis of melville's writings"
    synonym:
  • critical

4. Urgently needed

  • Absolutely necessary
  • "A critical element of the plan"
  • "Critical medical supplies"
  • "Vital for a healthy society"
  • "Of vital interest"
    synonym:
  • critical
  • ,
  • vital

5. Forming or having the nature of a turning point or crisis

  • "A critical point in the campaign"
  • "The critical test"
    synonym:
  • critical
  • ,
  • decisive

6. 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"
    synonym:
  • critical

7. Of or involving or characteristic of critics or criticism

  • "Critical acclaim"
    synonym:
  • critical

Examples of using

In pregnancy, the first three months are the most critical.
The situation is critical.
The three gunshot victims are in critical condition.