Definition of Critical


  • of or involving or characteristic of critics or criticism
    "critical acclaim"
  • 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"
  • urgently needed
    absolutely necessary
    "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"
    "critical mass"
    "go critical"
  • marked by a tendency to find and call attention to errors and flaws
    "a critical attitude"
Based on WordNet 3.0, Farlex clipart collection. © 2003-2012 Princeton University, Farlex Inc.

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Unscramble critical

88 unscramble word found using the letters critical.

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