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Critical

Crit´ic`al
a.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.
O gentle lady, do not put me to 't,
For I am nothing, if not critical.
- Shak.
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.
Our circumstances are indeed critical.
- Burke.
Critical angle
(Optics) that angle of incidence of a luminous ray at which it is wholly reflected, and no portion of it transmitted. The sine of this angle is the reciprocal of the refractive index of the medium.
Critical philosophy
the metaphysical system of Kant; - so called from his most important work, the "Critique of Pure Reason."
Adj.1.critical - marked by a tendency to find and call attention to errors and flaws; "a critical attitude"
Antonyms:
uncritical - not critical; not tending to find or call attention to errors; "a devoted and almost uncritical admirer"
2.critical - 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"; "go critical"
Antonyms:
noncritical - not critical; not at a point of abrupt change
3.critical - characterized by careful evaluation and judgment; "a critical reading"; "a critical dissertation"; "a critical analysis of Melville's writings"
Antonyms:
uncritical, noncritical - marked by disregard for critical standards or procedures; "news sources reflected uncritical estimates of the number of juvenile addicts"
4.critical - urgently needed; absolutely necessary; "a critical element of the plan"; "critical medical supplies"; "vital for a healthy society"; "of vital interest"
Synonyms: vital
5.critical - forming or having the nature of a turning point or crisis; "a critical point in the campaign"; "the critical test"
Synonyms: decisive
6.critical - 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"
Antonyms:
noncritical, noncrucial - not in a state of crisis or emergency
7.critical - of or involving or characteristic of critics or criticism; "critical acclaim"
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