critical

  • 1 Critical — Crit ic*al (kr[i^]t [i^]*kal), a. [See {Critic}, n., {Crisis}.] [1913 Webster] 1. Qualified to criticise, or pass judgment upon, literary or artistic productions. [1913 Webster] It is submitted to the judgment of more critical ears to direct and… …

    The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 2 critical — UK US /ˈkrɪtɪkəl/ adjective ► extremely important to the progress or success of something: critical to/for sth »Logistics and distribution are critical to an e commerce venture s success. »Critical decisions need to be taken. »We see this as a… …

    Financial and business terms

  • 3 critical — 1 Critical, hypercritical, faultfinding, captious, caviling, carping, censorious are comparable when they mean exhibiting the spirit of one who detects and points out faults or defects. Critical, when applied to persons who judge and to their… …

    New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • 4 critical — [krit′i kəl] adj. 1. tending to find fault; censorious 2. characterized by careful analysis and judgment [a sound critical estimate of the problem] 3. of critics or criticism 4. of or forming a crisis or turning point; decisive 5. dangerous or… …

    English World dictionary

  • 5 critical — 1580s, censorious, from CRITIC (Cf. critic) + AL (Cf. al) (1). Meaning pertaining to criticism is from 1741; medical sense is from c.1600; meaning of the nature of a crisis is from 1640s; that of crucial is from 1841, from the decisive sense in L …

    Etymology dictionary

  • 6 critical — I (crucial) adjective acute, anceps, chief, climacteric, climactic, commanding, considerable, deciding, decisive, determining, dubius, essential, eventful, exigent, far reaching, fateful, foremost, grave, imperative, important, imposing, key,… …

    Law dictionary

  • 7 critical — [adj1] fault finding, detracting analytical, belittling, biting, calumniatory, captious, carping, caviling, cavillous, censorious, censuring, choleric, condemning, critic, cutting, cynical, demanding, demeaning, derogatory, diagnostic,… …

    New thesaurus

  • 8 critical — ► ADJECTIVE 1) expressing adverse or disapproving comments or judgements. 2) expressing or involving an analysis of the merits and faults of a literary or artistic work. 3) having a decisive importance in the success or failure of something;… …

    English terms dictionary

  • 9 critical — crit|i|cal W2S2 [ˈkrıtıkəl] adj ▬▬▬▬▬▬▬ 1¦(criticizing)¦ 2¦(important)¦ 3¦(serious/worrying)¦ 4¦(ill)¦ 5 the critical list 6¦(making judgments)¦ 7¦(art/literature)¦ ▬▬▬▬▬▬▬ 1.) ¦(CRITICIZING)¦ if you are critical, you criticize s …

    Dictionary of contemporary English

  • 10 critical — crit|i|cal [ krıtıkl ] adjective *** ▸ 1 saying when something is wrong ▸ 2 very important ▸ 3 difficult to deal with ▸ 4 seriously sick/injured ▸ 5 according to critics ▸ 6 considering carefully ▸ 7 at level something happens ▸ + PHRASES 1. )… …

    Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • 11 critical — [[t]krɪ̱tɪk(ə)l[/t]] ♦♦ 1) ADJ GRADED A critical time, factor, or situation is extremely important. The incident happened at a critical point in the campaign... Environmentalists say a critical factor in the city s pollution is its population...… …

    English dictionary

  • 12 critical — / krItIkFl/ adjective 1 MAKING SEVERE JUDGMENTS someone who is critical makes severe and often unfair judgments of people or things: I don t mean to be over critical, but isn t all of this completely unnecessary? (+ of): Pat is always very… …

    Longman dictionary of contemporary English

  • 13 critical — adjective Date: 1547 1. a. of, relating to, or being a turning point or specially important juncture < a critical phase >: as (1) relating to or being the stage of a disease at which an abrupt change for better or worse may be expected; also… …

    New Collegiate Dictionary

  • 14 critical */*/*/ — UK [ˈkrɪtɪk(ə)l] / US adjective 1) expressing an opinion when you think something is wrong or bad Her father was a very critical man. He gave a highly critical speech. critical of: People have been critical of the way she has handled the affair.… …

    English dictionary

  • 15 critical — 01. It is [critical] that society look after the homeless, especially in winter. 02. Her father was [critically] injured in a car accident. 03. Coffee is [critical] to the economy of Ethiopia, with exports of some $260 million in 2000. 04. The… …

    Grammatical examples in English

  • 16 critical — adj. criticizing 1) critical of (he was critical of my work) crucial 2) critical to (critical to our work) 3) critical that + clause; subj. (it is critical that the work be/should be completed on time) * * * [ krɪtɪk(ə)l] subj. (it is critical… …

    Combinatory dictionary

  • 17 critical — critically, adv. criticality, criticalness, n. /krit i keuhl/, adj. 1. inclined to find fault or to judge with severity, often too readily. 2. occupied with or skilled in criticism. 3. involving skillful judgment as to truth, merit, etc.;… …

    Universalium

  • 18 critical — adj. 1 a making or involving adverse or censorious comments or judgements. b expressing or involving criticism. 2 skilful at or engaged in criticism. 3 providing textual criticism (a critical edition of Milton). 4 a of or at a crisis; involving… …

    Useful english dictionary

  • 19 critical*/*/ — [ˈkrɪtɪk(ə)l] adj 1) expressing your opinion when you think something is wrong or bad Her father was a very critical man.[/ex] Warren was critical of the way she handled the affair.[/ex] 2) an event, time, or issue that is critical is very… …

    Dictionary for writing and speaking English

  • 20 Critical — Contents 1 See also Critical may refer to: Critical (novel), a medical thriller written by Dr. Robin Cook Critical (song), a 1999 single by Zion I Critical Software, a company specializing in mission and business critical information systems …

    Wikipedia


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