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critical


adjective
1. marked by a tendency to find and call attention to errors and flaws (Freq. 7)
- a critical attitude
Ant:
uncritical
Similar to:
captious, faultfinding, censorious, deprecative, hypercritical,
overcritical, searing, scathing, vituperative
See Also:
sarcastic, unfavorable, unfavourable
Derivationally related forms:
critic, criticism
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 (Freq. 5)
- a critical temperature of water is 100 degrees C--its boiling point at standard atmospheric pressure
- critical mass
- go critical
Ant:
noncritical
Similar to:
supercritical
Derivationally related forms:
criticality
Topics:
chemistry, chemical science, physics, natural philosophy
Attrubites:
criticality
3. characterized by careful evaluation and judgment (Freq. 5)
- a critical reading
- a critical dissertation
- a critical analysis of Melville's writings
Ant:
uncritical
Similar to:
appraising, evaluative, discriminative, judicial
See Also:
discerning, scholarly
Derivationally related forms:
critic, criticism
4. urgently needed;
absolutely necessary (Freq. 3)
- a critical element of the plan
- critical medical supplies
- vital for a healthy society
- of vital interest
Syn:
vital
Similar to:
indispensable
Derivationally related forms:
vitalness (for: vital), criticalness, criticality
5. forming or having the nature of a turning point or crisis (Freq. 2)
- a critical point in the campaign
- the critical test
Syn:
decisive
Similar to:
crucial, important
Derivationally related forms:
decisiveness (for: decisive), crisis, criticalness
6. being in or verging on a state of crisis or emergency (Freq. 1)
- a critical shortage of food
- a critical illness
- an illness at the critical stage
Ant:
noncritical
Similar to:
acute, dangerous, grave, grievous, serious,
severe, life-threatening, desperate, dire
See Also:
crucial, important
Derivationally related forms:
criticalness, criticality
Attrubites:
crisis
7. of or involving or characteristic of critics or criticism
- critical acclaim
Pertains to noun:
criticism
Derivationally related forms:
criticism, critic

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