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American English: /ˈkrɪdək(ə)l/
British English: /ˈkrɪtɪk(ə)l/

Translation of critical in Spanish:


  • 1 1.1 (censorious)
    he watched us with a critical eye
    nos observó con ojo crítico
    to be critical of something/somebody
    criticar algo/a alguien
    she's terribly critical of government policy
    critica duramente la política del gobierno
    Example sentences
    • The report is also critical of road safety education because of its lack of prominence, vagueness and poor training for teachers.
    • Children with low self-esteem tend to be overly critical of and easily disappointed in themselves.
    • Inman is highly critical of industry sponsored safety studies, which he regards as marketing exercises.
    1.2 (journalistic, academic)
    the film enjoyed a critical success
    la película fue muy bien recibida por la crítica
    Example sentences
    • 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.
    Example sentences
    • 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.
    Example sentences
    • 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.
  • 2 2.1 (very serious)
    Example sentences
    • We have a potentially critical situation here.
    • It puts us in a difficult and critical situation.
    • None of these problems is critical, but they all act to inhibit the process of renewing Australia's economic infrastructure.
    Example sentences
    • Following the accident, he was rushed to hospital in critical condition with a severe head injury and underwent brain surgery the very next day.
    • As of Wednesday afternoon at least two workers remained in critical condition from severe burns and six others were listed in serious condition.
    • It said nine of those injured were in critical condition, suggesting that the death toll might rise.
    2.2 (decisive, crucial)
    de importancia fundamental
    Example sentences
    • But do they represent a critical factor in the success or failure of a business?
    • This gives them the right to take decisions of critical importance, having gained two thirds of the stake in the holding.
    • This completely fails to recognise the critical importance that success in business has in funding our aspirations for the public services.
    2.3 (Physics)
    to go critical
    iniciar una reacción en cadena
    Example sentences
    • 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.
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