marked by a tendency to find and call attention to errors and flaws
"a critical attitude"
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"
characterized by careful evaluation and judgment
"a critical reading"; "a critical dissertation"; "a critical analysis of Melville's writings"
urgently needed; absolutely necessary
"a critical element of the plan"; "critical medical supplies"; "vital for a healthy society"; "of vital interest"
forming or having the nature of a turning point or crisis
"a critical point in the campaign"; "the critical test"
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"
of or involving or characteristic of critics or criticism
English Synonyms and Antonyms
That is minute which is of exceedingly limited dimensions, as a grain of dust, or which attends to matters of exceedingly slight amount or apparent importance; as, a minute account; minute observation. That which is broken up into minute particles is said to be comminuted; things may be termed fine which would not be termed comminuted; as, fine sand; fine gravel; but, in using the adverb, we say a substance is finely comminuted, comminuted referring more to the process, fine to the result. An account extended to very minute particulars is circumstantial, detailed, particular; an examination so extended is critical, exact, precise. Compare FINE.
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List of paraphrases for "critical":
crucial, essential, criticism, decisive, critique, vital, key, critic, criticisms, fundamental, critics, important, critiques, pivotal, indispensable, criticises, serious, core, basic, sensitive, major, critically, imperative, paramount, instrumental, determinants, significant, central
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How to use critical in a sentence?
Pay attention to what they say because it’s critical to your product’s success.
Dillard is pretty supportive of Black Lives Matter, and I’ve been pretty critical of them.
Information is critical for us to better help, it's difficult to anticipate their overall needs if you don't have accurate information.
Scouting prepares Democratic and Republican [ boys ] alike to be loyal to their country, their values transcend political party, and patriotism is critical [ to them ], they have an American flag on their sleeve, not a picture of President Trump.
I believe the best way to defeat Donald Trump and deliver for the American people is to broaden and galvanize the majority that supports us on the critical issues, bernie Sanders believes in an inflexible ideological revolution that leaves out most Democrats, not to mention most Americans.
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- критичен, преломен, придиращ, решителен, много важенBulgarian
- críticCatalan, Valencian
- crítica, críticoSpanish
- انتقادی, حیاتی, عیبجو, بحرانی, ایرادگیرPersian
- kriittinen, arvosteleva, kritisoiva, [[äärimmäinen, arvosteluFinnish
- kritikus, bíráló, válságosHungarian
- kritisch, kritiekDutch
- перело́мный, крити́ческий, придирчивый, реши́тельный, критическийRussian
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