marked by a tendency to find and call attention to errors and flaws
"a critical attitude"
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"; "go critical"
characterized by careful evaluation and judgment
"a critical reading"; "a critical dissertation"; "a critical analysis of Melville's writings"
urgently needed; absolutely necessary
"a critical element of the plan"; "critical medical supplies"; "vital for a healthy society"; "of vital interest"
forming or having the nature of a turning point or crisis
"a critical point in the campaign"; "the critical test"
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"
of or involving or characteristic of critics or criticism
English Synonyms and Antonyms
That is minute which is of exceedingly limited dimensions, as a grain of dust, or which attends to matters of exceedingly slight amount or apparent importance; as, a minute account; minute observation. That which is broken up into minute particles is said to be comminuted; things may be termed fine which would not be termed comminuted; as, fine sand; fine gravel; but, in using the adverb, we say a substance is finely comminuted, comminuted referring more to the process, fine to the result. An account extended to very minute particulars is circumstantial, detailed, particular; an examination so extended is critical, exact, precise. Compare FINE.
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Dictionary of English Synonymes
List of paraphrases:
crucial, essential, criticism, decisive, critique, vital, key, critic, criticisms, fundamental, critics, important, critiques, pivotal, indispensable, criticises, serious, core, basic, sensitive, major, critically, imperative, paramount, instrumental, determinants, significant, central
Translations for critical
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- критичен, преломен, придиращ, решителен, много важенBulgarian
- críticCatalan, Valencian
- crítica, críticoSpanish
- انتقادی, حیاتی, عیبجو, بحرانی, ایرادگیرPersian
- kriittinen, arvosteleva, kritisoiva, [[äärimmäinen, arvosteluFinnish
- kritikus, bíráló, válságosHungarian
- kritisch, kritiekDutch
- перело́мный, крити́ческий, придирчивый, реши́тельный, критическийRussian
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