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Synonyms for critical
ˈkrɪt ɪ kəlcrit·i·cal

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English Synonyms and Antonyms

  1. critical

    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.

    See synonyms for LARGE.

    Synonyms:
    circumstantial, comminuted, detailed, diminutive, exact, fine, little, minute, particular, precise, slender, small, tiny

Princeton's WordNet

  1. criticaladjective

    marked by a tendency to find and call attention to errors and flaws

    "a critical attitude"

    Synonyms:
    decisive, vital

    Antonyms:
    uncritical, noncritical, dispensable, acritical, noncrucial

  2. criticaladjective

    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"

    Synonyms:
    decisive, vital

    Antonyms:
    noncritical, acritical, noncrucial, dispensable, uncritical

  3. criticaladjective

    characterized by careful evaluation and judgment

    "a critical reading"; "a critical dissertation"; "a critical analysis of Melville's writings"

    Synonyms:
    decisive, vital

    Antonyms:
    dispensable, noncrucial, uncritical, acritical, noncritical

  4. critical, vitaladjective

    urgently needed; absolutely necessary

    "a critical element of the plan"; "critical medical supplies"; "vital for a healthy society"; "of vital interest"

    Synonyms:
    decisive, lively, full of life, life-sustaining, vital

    Antonyms:
    acritical, uncritical, dispensable, noncritical, noncrucial

  5. critical, decisiveadjective

    forming or having the nature of a turning point or crisis

    "a critical point in the campaign"; "the critical test"

    Synonyms:
    decisive, vital

    Antonyms:
    uncritical, noncritical, noncrucial, dispensable, acritical

  6. criticaladjective

    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"

    Synonyms:
    decisive, vital

    Antonyms:
    acritical, noncritical, uncritical, dispensable, noncrucial

  7. criticaladjective

    of or involving or characteristic of critics or criticism

    "critical acclaim"

    Synonyms:
    decisive, vital

    Antonyms:
    uncritical, noncritical, noncrucial, acritical, dispensable

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Dictionary of English Synonymes

  1. criticaladjective

    Synonyms:
    exact, nice, accurate

  2. criticaladjective

    Synonyms:
    censorious, carping, cavilling, captious

Synonyms, Antonyms & Associated Words

  1. criticaladjective

    Synonyms:
    discriminating, fastidious, carping, censorious, captious, caviling, zoilean, crucial, momentous, decisive, precarious, climacteric

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How to use critical in a sentence?

  1. Wim Wenders:

    I didn't want to make a critical film about him, other people do that really well, television does it all the time.

  2. Tim Manning:

    A critical thing to us was that anything we did had to be done in a way did not create a shortage at retail to the general public.

  3. Brad Todd:

    It's a shame the debate structure never let Lindsey have his real shot, his leadership on foreign policy is critical to the party, and it would've been important in the race.

  4. Tim Kaine -LRB- D-VA -RRB-:

    It’s critical that universities get timely feedback so they can take proactive steps to improve campus sexual violence prevention policies, congress must do its part by approving additional funding to help the Office of Civil Rights manage its large caseload.

  5. John McElroy:

    The Philadelphia area was critical to the young church in the early 1800s, the Quaker community believed strongly in the freedom of religion and permitted the church to hold meetings locally without fear.


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