Definitions of critical

  2. Critically.
  3. marked by a tendency to find and call attention to errors and flaws; " a critical attitude"
  4. characterized by careful evaluation and judgment; " a critical reading"; " a critical dissertation"; " a critical analysis of Melville's writings"
  5. 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"
  6. 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".
  7. Qualified to criticise, or pass judgment upon, literary or artistic productions.
  8. Pertaining to criticism or the critic's art; of the nature of a criticism; accurate; as, critical knowledge; a critical dissertation.
  9. Inclined to make nice distinctions, or to exercise careful judgment and selection; exact; nicely judicious.
  10. Inclined to criticise or find fault; fastidious; captious; censorious; exacting.
  11. Characterized by thoroughness and a reference to principles, as becomes a critic; as, a critical analysis of a subject.
  12. 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.
  13. Inclined to find fault; nicely exact; skilled in careful judgment, particularly of literary works, etc.; pertaining to the turning point of a disease; decisive; crucial.
  14. Relating to criticism: skilled in judging literary and other productions: discriminating: captious: decisive.
  15. Relating to criticism; discriminating; captious; indicating a crisis; decisive; important.
  16. Of or pertaining to a critic or criticism; judicious; fastidious; thorough; exact; fault finding.
  17. Of or preliminary to a crisis; perlious.
  18. Relating to criticism; skilled in criticism; discriminating; nicely judicious; inclined to judge with severity; indicating a crisis; decisive; involving risk.
  19. Highly important; momentous- from crisis; nicely exact; prone to judge severely the productions of others; fault- finding.