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Definition 1: marked by a tendency to find and call attention to errors and flaws - [adjective denoting all]

Samples where critical or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • a critical attitude

(critical is similar to ...) tending to find and call attention to faults

"a captious pedant" "an excessively demanding and faultfinding tutor"

(critical is similar to ...) harshly critical or expressing censure

"was censorious of petty failings"

(critical is similar to ...) given to expressing disapproval

(critical is similar to ...) inclined to judge too severely

"hypercritical of colloquial speech" "the overcritical teacher can discourage originality"

(critical is similar to ...) severely critical

(critical is similar to ...) marked by harshly abusive criticism

"his scathing remarks about silly lady novelists" "her vituperative railing"

(means also ...) not encouraging or approving or pleasing

"unfavorable conditions" "an unfavorable comparison" "unfavorable comments" "unfavorable impression"

(means also ...) expressing or expressive of ridicule that wounds

Definition 2: characterized by careful evaluation and judgment - [adjective denoting all]

Samples where critical or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • a critical reading
  • a critical dissertation
  • a critical analysis of Melville's writings

(critical is similar to ...) exercising or involving careful evaluations

"looked him over with an appraising eye" "the literary judge uses many evaluative terms"

(critical is similar to ...) expressing careful judgment

"discriminative censure" "a biography ...appreciative and yet judicial in purpose"

(means also ...) having or revealing keen insight and good judgment

"a discerning critic" "a discerning reader"

(means also ...) characteristic of scholars or scholarship

"scholarly pursuits" "a scholarly treatise" "a scholarly attitude"

Definition 3: being in or verging on a state of crisis or emergency - [adjective denoting all]

Samples where critical or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • a critical shortage of food
  • a critical illness
  • an illness at the critical stage

(critical is similar to ...) of critical importance and consequence

"an acute (or critical) lack of research funds"

(critical is similar to ...) causing fear or anxiety by threatening great harm

"a dangerous operation" "a grave situation" "a grave illness" "grievous bodily harm" "a serious wound" "a serious turn of events" "a severe case of pneumonia" "a life-threatening disease"

(critical is similar to ...) fraught with extreme danger; nearly hopeless

"a desperate illness" "on all fronts the Allies were in a desperate situation due to lack of materiel" "a dire emergency"

(means also ...) of extreme importance; vital to the resolution of a crisis

"a crucial moment in his career" "a crucial election" "a crucial issue for women"

(... are attributes of critical) an unstable situation of extreme danger or difficulty

"they went bankrupt during the economic crisis"

Definition 4: at or of a point at which a property or phenomenon suffers an abrupt change especially having enough mass to sustain a chain reaction - [adjective denoting all]

Samples where critical or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • a critical temperature of water is 100 degrees C--its boiling point at standard atmospheric pressure
  • critical mass
  • go critical

(critical is similar to ...) (especially of fissionable material) able to sustain a chain reaction in such a manner that the rate of reaction increases

(... are attributes of critical) a critical state; especially the point at which a nuclear reaction is self-sustaining

(critical belongs to category ...) the science of matter; the branch of the natural sciences dealing with the composition of substances and their properties and reactions

(critical belongs to category ...) the science of matter and energy and their interactions

"his favorite subject was physics"

Definition 5: of or involving or characteristic of critics or criticism - [adjective denoting pert]

Samples where critical or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • critical acclaim

Definition 6: forming or having the nature of a turning point or crisis - [adjective satellite denoting all]

Samples where critical or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • a critical point in the campaign
  • the critical test

Synonyms for critical in the sense of this definition

(critical is similar to ...) of extreme importance; vital to the resolution of a crisis

"a crucial moment in his career" "a crucial election" "a crucial issue for women"

Definition 7: urgently needed; absolutely necessary - [adjective satellite denoting all]

Samples where critical or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • a critical element of the plan
  • critical medical supplies
  • vital for a healthy society
  • of vital interest

Synonyms for critical in the sense of this definition

(critical is similar to ...) not to be dispensed with; essential

"foods indispensable to good nutrition"

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