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



  See Also:
    sarcastic     unfavorable     unfavourable


  Similar:
    captious     faultfinding     caviling     carping     nitpicking     pettifogging     quibbling     censorious     deprecative     hypercritical     overcritical     scathing     blistering     scalding     vituperative


  Opposite of:
    uncritical


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



  See Also:
    discerning     scholarly


  Similar:
    appraising(a)     evaluative     discriminative     judicial


  Opposite of:
    uncritical     noncritical


3. 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"



  Adjective(s):
    crisis
  See Also:
    crucial     important


  Similar:
    acute     dangerous     grave     grievous     serious     severe     life-threatening     desperate     dire


  Opposite of:
    noncritical     noncrucial


4. 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";



  Category:
    chemistry / chemical science / physics / physical science / natural philosophy

  Adjective(s):
    criticality
  Similar:
    supercritical


  Opposite of:
    noncritical


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

  Also known as: decisive


  Similar:
    crucial     important


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

  Also known as: vital


  Similar:
    indispensable


7. critical  (adj) 
of or involving or characteristic of critics or criticism; "critical acclaim"



  Pertainym:
    criticism     critique


 

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