Definition of critical in English:

critical

Line breaks: crit|ic¦al
Pronunciation: /ˈkrɪtɪk(ə)l
 
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adjective

  • 2Expressing or involving an analysis of the merits and faults of a work of literature, music, or art: she never won the critical acclaim she sought
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    • Set up a year ago by Martin Wheeler, 33, Iwari and its artists have sparked critical acclaim in the music press.
    • His recent CD recording of Liszt's piano music received critical acclaim.
    • It was released in July 2001 to critical acclaim.
    Synonyms
  • 2.1(Of a text) incorporating a detailed and scholarly analysis and commentary: a critical edition of a Bach sonata
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    • Translations of major texts are borrowed from current scholarly editions, while English texts are based on critical editions.
    • Since Q2 represents the text closest to the author's manuscript it might be chosen as the copy text for a critical edition.
    • Entire pages of these two critical texts are presented in her book, bilingual explanations on the left-hand side, graphic images on the right.
  • 2.2Involving the objective analysis and evaluation of an issue in order to form a judgement: professors often find it difficult to encourage critical thinking amongst their students
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    • Gavin sits on a Masters Degree Visual Arts Practises course with me where we have seen critical judgment voided by curatorial organisational skills.
    • The book is divided into two parts: a 35-page critical essay followed by drawings grouped according to theme.
    • The investigations, however, were not only celebratory; various critical examinations of the institution of cinema also emerged.
  • 4 Mathematics & Physics Relating to or denoting a point of transition from one state to another: if the density is less than a certain critical value the gravitational attraction will be too weak to halt the expansion
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    • When the fraction is close to the critical value, computation times become very large.
    • On the other hand, if the frequency exceeded a certain critical value, there would be enough energy for the electron to be able to get away.
    • Similarly, superconductivity can be destroyed by applying a magnetic field that exceeds some critical value.
  • 5(Of a nuclear reactor or fuel) maintaining a self-sustaining chain reaction: the reactor is due to go critical in October

Derivatives

criticality

Pronunciation: /-ˈkalɪti/
noun
sense 3, sense 4.
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  • To make an analogy; in any situation, if criticality in stability is seen, the unstable mass must be contained and/or isolated, in order to minimise any possible ensuing collateral damage.
  • The authors have developed a matrix on which a company can plot its functions on the X-axis according to their criticality and its capabilities on the Y-axis.
  • On their part, the employees understood the criticality of the situation.

critically

adverb
[as submodifier]: he’s critically ill
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  • She suffered severe head injuries and is now critically ill in intensive care at Hull Royal Infirmary.
  • One man is critically ill in hospital with bullet wounds to the chest and leg.
  • Joel remains critically ill in hospital but has been moved out of intensive care to a high dependency unit.

criticalness

noun
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  • The issue of distortion or bias in social cognition is difficult to address with the present data, as the ratings of attentiveness, criticalness, and admiration are inherently subjective.
  • You should not let your father's or mother's negativity, depression and criticalness be contagious.
  • This anchoring reinforced that the criticalness was about Susan, not her.

Origin

mid 16th century (in the sense 'relating to the crisis of a disease'): from late Latin criticus (see critic).

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