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Definitions of critical

  1. CRITICALNESS. The american dictionary of the english language. By Daniel Lyons. Published 1899.
  2. Critically. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  3. marked by a tendency to find and call attention to errors and flaws; "a critical attitude" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  4. characterized by careful evaluation and judgment; "a critical reading"; "a critical dissertation"; "a critical analysis of Melville's writings" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  5. 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" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  6. 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". Wordnet Dictionary DB
  7. Qualified to criticise, or pass judgment upon, literary or artistic productions. Newage Dictionary DB
  8. Pertaining to criticism or the critic's art; of the nature of a criticism; accurate; as, critical knowledge; a critical dissertation. Newage Dictionary DB
  9. Inclined to make nice distinctions, or to exercise careful judgment and selection; exact; nicely judicious. Newage Dictionary DB
  10. Inclined to criticise or find fault; fastidious; captious; censorious; exacting. Newage Dictionary DB
  11. Characterized by thoroughness and a reference to principles, as becomes a critic; as, a critical analysis of a subject. Newage Dictionary DB
  12. Pertaining to, or indicating, a crisis, turning point, or specially important juncture; important as regards consequences; hence, of doubtful issue; attended with risk; dangerous; as, the critical stage of a fever; a critical situation. Newage Dictionary DB
  13. Inclined to find fault; nicely exact; skilled in careful judgment, particularly of literary works, etc.; pertaining to the turning point of a disease; decisive; crucial. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  14. Relating to criticism: skilled in judging literary and other productions: discriminating: captious: decisive. The american dictionary of the english language. By Daniel Lyons. Published 1899.
  15. Relating to criticism; discriminating; captious; indicating a crisis; decisive; important. The Clarendon dictionary. By William Hand Browne, Samuel Stehman Haldeman. Published 1894.
  16. Of or pertaining to a critic or criticism; judicious; fastidious; thorough; exact; fault finding. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  17. Of or preliminary to a crisis; perlious. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  18. Relating to criticism; skilled in criticism; discriminating; nicely judicious; inclined to judge with severity; indicating a crisis; decisive; involving risk. Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.
  19. Highly important; momentous-from crisis; nicely exact; prone to judge severely the productions of others; fault-finding. Etymological and pronouncing dictionary of the English language. By Stormonth, James, Phelp, P. H. Published 1874.

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Usage examples for critical

  1. For the first time his friend observed what might have been noted by a critical eye on any day during the last fortnight. – Red Pepper Burns by Grace S. Richmond
  2. The situation here is critical but our course seems clear, and we ought to pull through. – Rung Ho! by Talbot Mundy
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