Definition of CRITICAL

Adjective : CRITICAL

Source: WordNet 3.1

  • 1. (

    ) marked by a tendency to find and call attention to errors and flaws; "a critical attitude" ;

  • 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;

  • 3. (

    ) characterized by careful evaluation and judgment; "a critical reading"; "a critical dissertation"; "a critical analysis of Melville's writings" ;

  • 4. (

    ) urgently needed; absolutely necessary; "a critical element of the plan"; "critical medical supplies"; "vital for a healthy society"; "of vital interest" ;

  • 5. (

    ) forming or having the nature of a turning point or crisis; "a critical point in the campaign"; "the critical test" ;

  • 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" ;

  • 7. (

    ) of or involving or characteristic of critics or criticism; "critical acclaim" ;


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