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Etymology

From Ancient Greek κριτικός (kritikos) "of or for judging, able to discern" < κρίσις "crisis"

Adjective

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  1. Inclined to find fault or criticize; fastidious; captious; censorious; exacting.
  2. Relating to literary and related kinds of criticism
    The movie was a critical success, but bombed at the box-office.
  3. Pertaining to, or indicating, a crisis, turning point or specially important juncture.
  4. Of the point (in temperature, reagent concentration etc.) where a nuclear or chemical reaction becomes self-sustaining.
  5. Extremely important
    It's critical that you deliver this on time.
  6. Likely to "runaway" if disturbed, that is, opposite of stable.

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