critical Definition

  • 1expressing adverse or disapproving comments or judgments
  • 2having a decisive or crucial importance in the success, failure, or existence of something
  • 3relating to the analysis or evaluation of something

Using critical: Examples

Take a moment to familiarize yourself with how "critical" can be used in various situations through the following examples!

  • Example

    The report was highly critical of the government's handling of the crisis.

  • Example

    It is critical that we finish this project on time.

  • Example

    The critical analysis of the data revealed some interesting trends.

critical Synonyms and Antonyms

Idioms Using critical

  • to express disapproval or criticism of someone or something


    He is always critical of my work, but never offers any constructive feedback.

  • to be in a difficult situation where one must balance opposing forces or interests


    As a mediator, she had to walk a critical tightrope between the two parties.

  • in critical condition

    in a serious or unstable medical state


    The patient was rushed to the hospital and is currently in critical condition.

Phrases with critical

  • the objective analysis and evaluation of an issue in order to form a judgment


    The course emphasizes the development of critical thinking skills.

  • the minimum amount of something required to start or maintain a venture


    We need to reach a critical mass of users before we can launch the product.

  • the sequence of stages determining the minimum time needed for an operation


    Identifying the critical path is essential for completing the project on time.

Origins of critical

from Greek 'kritikos', meaning 'able to judge'


Summary: critical in Brief

The term 'critical' [ˈkrɪtɪkl] has multiple meanings, including expressing disapproval or judgment, having crucial importance, and relating to analysis or evaluation. It can be used in phrases like 'critical thinking,' emphasizing objective analysis, and idioms like 'be critical of,' indicating disapproval. 'Critical' is often used in formal contexts, such as 'It is critical that we finish this project on time.'

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