Definitions of critical:
  • adjective:   of or involving or characteristic of critics or criticism
    Example: "Critical acclaim"
  • adjective:   marked by a tendency to find and call attention to errors and flaws
    Example: "A critical attitude"
  • adjective:   characterized by careful evaluation and judgment
    Example: "A critical reading"
  • adjective:   being in or verging on a state of crisis or emergency
    Example: "A critical shortage of food"
  • adjective:   at or of a point at which a property or phenomenon suffers an abrupt change especially having enough mass to sustain a chain reaction
    Example: "A critical temperature of water is 100 degrees C--its boiling point at standard atmospheric pressure"
  • adjective:   forming or having the nature of a turning point or crisis
    Example: "A critical point in the campaign"
  • adjective:   urgently needed; absolutely necessary
    Example: "A critical element of the plan"

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