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Definition of Critical


  1. Qualified to criticise, or pass judgment upon, literary or artistic productions.
  2. Pertaining to criticism or the critic's art; of the nature of a criticism; accurate; as, critical knowledge; a critical dissertation.
  3. Inclined to make nice distinctions, or to exercise careful judgment and selection; exact; nicely judicious.
  4. Inclined to criticise or find fault; fastidious; captious; censorious; exacting.
  5. Characterized by thoroughness and a reference to principles, as becomes a critic; as, a critical analysis of a subject.
  6. 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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Critical Translations

critical in Dutch is kritiek, hachelijk
critical in German is kritisch, bedenklich
critical in Swedish is kritisk