of or involving or characteristic of critics or criticism
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"
forming or having the nature of a turning point or crisis
"a critical point in the campaign"
"the critical test"
"a critical element of the plan"
"critical medical supplies"
"vital for a healthy society"
"of vital interest"
characterized by careful evaluation and judgment
"a critical reading"
"a critical dissertation"
"a critical analysis of Melville's writings"
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"
marked by a tendency to find and call attention to errors and flaws
"a critical attitude"