1. Marked by a tendency to find and call attention to errors and flaws (synset 300650564)
    "a critical attitude"
  2. At or of a point at which a property or phenomenon suffers an abrupt change especially having enough mass to sustain a chain reaction (synset 300654957)
    "a critical temperature of water is 100 degrees C--its boiling point at standard atmospheric pressure"; "critical mass"; "go critical"
  3. Characterized by careful evaluation and judgment (synset 300652608)
    "a critical reading"; "a critical dissertation"; "a critical analysis of Melville's writings"
  4. Urgently needed;
    Absolutely necessary (synset 300907116)
    "a critical element of the plan"; "critical medical supplies"; "vital for a healthy society"; "of vital interest"
  5. Forming or having the nature of a turning point or crisis (synset 300659155)
    "a critical point in the campaign"; "the critical test"
  6. Being in or verging on a state of crisis or emergency (synset 300653599)
    "a critical shortage of food"; "a critical illness"; "an illness at the critical stage"
  7. Of or involving or characteristic of critics or criticism (synset 302841530)
    "critical acclaim"

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