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Critical meaning

critical - 8 dictionary results

  1. 1. 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".
  2. 2. Qualified to criticise, or pass judgment upon, literary or artistic productions.
  3. 3. Pertaining to criticism or the critic's art; of the nature of a criticism; accurate; as, critical knowledge; a critical dissertation.
  4. 4. Inclined to make nice distinctions, or to exercise careful judgment and selection; exact; nicely judicious.
  5. 5. Inclined to criticise or find fault; fastidious; captious; censorious; exacting.
  6. 6. Characterized by thoroughness and a reference to principles, as becomes a critic; as, a critical analysis of a subject.
  7. 7. 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.
  8. 8. Relating to criticism; discriminating; captious; indicating a crisis; decisive; important.

critical - examples of usage

  1. In the morning, at the critical time, something seized him by the foot and pulled him out of the tent. - "Reminiscences of a South African Pioneer", W. C. Scully.
  2. My mother's bulls always turn into cows at the critical moment. - "Night and Day", Virginia Woolf.
  3. Her friends trembled for the result of this critical experiment; but she did not sink under it, for her fancy had prepared her for his return. - "Bracebridge Hall, or The Humorists", Washington Irving.
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