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critical

[krit-i-kuhl]
adjective
1.
inclined to find fault or to judge with severity, often too readily.
2.
occupied with or skilled in criticism.
3.
involving skillful judgment as to truth, merit, etc.; judicial: a critical analysis.
4.
of or pertaining to critics or criticism: critical essays.
5.
providing textual variants, proposed emendations, etc.: a critical edition of Chaucer.
6.
pertaining to or of the nature of a crisis: a critical shortage of food.
7.
of decisive importance with respect to the outcome; crucial: a critical moment.
8.
of essential importance; indispensable: a critical ingredient.
9.
Medicine/Medical. (of a patient's condition) having unstable and abnormal vital signs and other unfavorable indicators, as loss of appetite, poor mobility, or unconsciousness.
10.
Physics.
a.
pertaining to a state, value, or quantity at which one or more properties of a substance or system undergo a change.
b.
(of fissionable material) having enough mass to sustain a chain reaction.

Origin:
1580–90; critic + -al1

critically, adverb
criticality, criticalness, noun
anticritical, adjective
anticritically, adverb
anticriticalness, noun
half-critical, adjective
half-critically, adverb
half-criticalness, noun
noncritical, adjective
noncritically, adverb
noncriticalness, noun
postcritical, adjective
pseudocritical, adjective
pseudocritically, adverb
quasi-critical, adjective
quasi-critically, adverb


1. captious, censorious, carping, faultfinding, caviling. 3. discriminating, exact, precise.
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critical (ˈkrɪtɪkəl)
 
adj
1.  containing or making severe or negative judgments
2.  containing careful or analytical evaluations: a critical dissertation
3.  of or involving a critic or criticism
4.  of or forming a crisis; crucial; decisive: a critical operation
5.  urgently needed: critical medical supplies
6.  informal so seriously injured or ill as to be in danger of dying
7.  physics of, denoting, or concerned with a state in which the properties of a system undergo an abrupt change: a critical temperature
8.  go critical (of a nuclear power station or reactor) to reach a state in which a nuclear-fission chain reaction becomes self-sustaining
 
'critically
 
adv
 
'criticalness
 
n

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Word Origin & History

critical
1580s, "censorious," from critic + -al (1). Meaning "pertaining to criticism" is from 1741; medical sense is from c.1600; meaning "of the nature of a crisis" is from 1640s; that of "crucial" is from 1841. Related: Criticality (1756; in the nuclear
sense, 1950); critically (1650s, "accurately;" 1815, "in a critical situation"). In nuclear science, critical mass is attested from 1940.
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critical crit·i·cal (krĭt'ĭ-kəl)
adj.

  1. Of or relating to a medical crisis.

  2. Being or relating to a grave physical condition especially of a patient.

  3. Of or relating to the value of a measurement, such as temperature, at which an abrupt change in a chemical of physical quality, property, or state occurs.

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