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One entry found for critical.
Main Entry: crit·i·cal
Pronunciation: primarystresskrit-i-kschwal
Function: adjective
1 a : inclined to criticize in an unfavorable way <you're always so critical> b : consisting of or involving criticism or the judgments of critics <critical writings> c : using or involving careful judgment <a critical examination of a patient>
2 a : of, relating to, or being a turning point <the critical phase of a fever>; also : being at a critical stage of illness <listed the patient as critical> b : being or relating to a state or point at which a definite change occurs <the critical temperature> c : CRUCIAL 1 <a critical test>
3 : INDISPENSABLE, VITAL <provides critical services>
4 : of big enough size to keep a chain reaction going -- used of a mass of material that can go through fission
- crit·i·cal·ly /-i-k(schwa-)lemacron/ adverb
- crit·i·cal·ness /-kschwal-nschwas/ noun

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