Definition and Meanings for critical

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Critical is ranked 1,127 in the ranking of most used words in English

Part of Speech of critical

adjective, noun

Etymology of critical

see critic, n., crisis see crisis

Meaning of critical


as adjective, noun

  • qualified to criticise, or pass judgment upon, literary or artistic productions.
  • pertaining to criticism or the critic's art; of the nature of a criticism; accurate; as, critical knowledge; a critical dissertation.
  • inclined to make nice distinctions, or to exercise careful judgment and selection; exact; nicely judicious.
  • inclined to criticise or find fault; fastidious; captious; censorious; exacting.
  • characterized by thoroughness and a reference to principles, as becomes a critic; as, a critical analysis of a subject.
  • pertaining to, or indicating, a crisis, turning point, or specially important juncture; important as regards consequences; hence, of doubtful issue; attended with risk; dangerous; as, the critical stage of a fever; a critical situation.
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