Adjective "critical" definition and examples



Definitions and examples


Expressing adverse or disapproving comments or judgements.
  1. 'Children with low self-esteem tend to be overly critical of and easily disappointed in themselves.'
  2. 'The report is highly critical of succeeding governments because to date nothing has happened.'
  3. 'The report is highly critical of the quality of teaching standards'
  4. 'Inman is highly critical of industry sponsored safety studies, which he regards as marketing exercises.'
  5. 'Parts of the report are heavily critical of the district's police who, it says, have conflicting styles.'
  6. 'The report was critical of many things in the town including the fire station.'
  7. 'The report was critical of his involvement in the deal.'
  8. 'The environment committee has just published a report that's quite critical of the executive.'
  9. 'The report was critical of police because there was no formal procedure to chase up those who failed to answer to bail.'
  10. 'We think also it's probably the most critical of all the reports done so far.'
Expressing or involving an analysis of the merits and faults of a work of literature, music, or art.
  1. 'The band is stirring both critical and popular acclaim for their soulful, virtuoso playing and thrilling live performances.'
  2. 'The novel brought her major critical acclaim and received the Prix Medici literary award in 1964.'
  3. 'Drawing comparisons between film-makers and designers has its merits on critical and theoretical levels.'
  4. 'He has also performed Handel's ‘Messiah’ to huge critical acclaim in the past.'
  5. 'BBC Music achieved significant sales growth and critical acclaim this year.'
  6. 'Not all the projects have garnered critical acclaim, but few involved in New York's music scene fail to acknowledge Moss' gutsiness.'
  7. 'His intense, swaggering stage presence and masterful violin playing has won him both fans and critical acclaim all over the world.'
  8. 'It received critical acclaim and the British music press were touting the song's writer, Annie, as a future world-conquering popstar.'
  9. 'An unlikely Australian export is receiving critical acclaim in Britain.'
  10. 'For the first time since the late 1960s British rock music was experiencing critical and financial acclaim.'
  11. 'a critical edition of a Bach sonata'
  12. 'Those who were denied the right to vote in free and fair elections, to own mobile phones and to buy critical literature are now free to do so.'
  13. 'The comprehensive citation of critical articles and journals will be extremely useful to scholars.'
  14. 'There are virtually no references to the vast critical literature on Dostoevsky.'
  15. 'Many of the critical essays skillfully blend pertinent close readings with wider cultural background.'
  16. 'Translations of major texts are borrowed from current scholarly editions, while English texts are based on critical editions.'
  17. 'They would not know that there is presently a vast body of critical literature.'
  18. 'This is a new translation of the German critical edition of Bonhoeffer's text.'
  19. 'Yesterday they were presented to the public, together with plans for a definitive critical edition of Benjamin's works.'
  20. 'This book is a hybrid negotiating the ground between critical text and coffee table ornament.'
  21. 'He published 17 volumes of poetry, numerous translations, and two volumes of critical essays.'
  22. 'Gavin sits on a Masters Degree Visual Arts Practises course with me where we have seen critical judgment voided by curatorial organisational skills.'
  23. 'The critical evaluations of a favourite work by four Irish art critics are both informative and entertaining.'
  24. 'Key to the audit committee's effectiveness and accountability is a critical self assessment for the audit committee as well as each individual member.'
  25. 'Hilliard describes educators who respect prior knowledge and engage in critical analysis, who treat their children as scholars.'
  26. 'The investigations, however, were not only celebratory; various critical examinations of the institution of cinema also emerged.'
  27. 'Peer learning tasks that require critical thinking, problem solving, and decision making can be challenging for both the teacher and students.'
  28. 'Interpret the results: Whereas statistical analysis is mostly computer-based, interpretation of the results requires critical thinking.'
  29. 'The book is divided into two parts: a 35-page critical essay followed by drawings grouped according to theme.'
  30. 'U.S. Latino Literatures and Cultures: Transnational Perspectives is an important point of reference in assessing developments in this rapidly evolving field of critical enquiry.'
  31. 'The book is written to engage the tribe of fellow economists who often pride themselves as critical thinkers.'
(of a situation or problem) having the potential to become disastrous; at a point of crisis.
  1. 'The situation is critical, and the government should act NOW!'
  2. 'In Scotland the situation is particularly critical.'
  3. 'That was a critical problem that we've had in the past.'
  4. 'The situation is critical and the EU countries must resolve this problem before the December 17 Meeting.'
  5. 'We have a potentially critical situation here.'
  6. 'The city on the hill has a very critical problem with water.'
  7. 'The security guards expressed similar fears but were more confident because they are trained to handle such critical situations.'
  8. 'And remember, we were talking of a very critical situation.'
  9. 'We usually get an urgent notice in case the situation is too critical.'
  10. 'There's also traction control to help you keep in command during critical situations such as ice or gravel on the roads.'
  11. 'she was critical but stable in Middlesbrough General Hospital'
  12. 'Following the accident, he was rushed to hospital in critical condition with a severe head injury and underwent brain surgery the very next day.'
  13. 'He was taken to hospital and was in critical condition.'
  14. 'More than a dozen were in critical condition with head and chest wounds and severe burns.'
  15. 'One person is said to be in critical condition, four others in serious condition.'
  16. 'He remained in critical condition on a life-support machine, but lost his fight for life yesterday afternoon.'
  17. 'One recruit is dead from a rash and another person is in critical condition with a serious form of Strep.'
  18. 'As of Wednesday afternoon at least two workers remained in critical condition from severe burns and six others were listed in serious condition.'
  19. 'He had been in critical condition since he was assaulted on Sunday.'
  20. 'One of them is in critical condition, the other in serious condition.'
  21. 'The second younger couple was so seriously injured that they were airlifted to Hamilton General Hospital in critical condition.'
  22. 'getting banks lending again was critical to any recovery'
  23. 'You will need to follow the many family businesses for whom embracing non-family executives into the extended family of the firm is a critical success factor.'
  24. 'Simply stated, this is an issue of critical importance to the future success of the New Zealand economy.'
  25. 'This completely fails to recognise the critical importance that success in business has in funding our aspirations for the public services.'
  26. 'This is crucial to our credibility and critical to our success.'
  27. 'Reducing elapsed time can in fact make the critical difference between success and failure.'
  28. 'In today's fast-paced dairy industry, speed to market is a critical success factor.'
  29. 'This research considers the factors critical for success as perceived by different parties.'
  30. 'Each focuses on different critical factors in its success at the individual, group, and community levels.'
  31. 'The board is going to have to make a critical decision about the successor.'
  32. 'One of the most critical factors in the success of any retreat is its ability to fully engage all attendees.'
Relating to or denoting a point of transition from one state to another.
  1. 'As the concentration of cholesterol in the bilayer exceeds a critical value, phase separation occurs.'
  2. 'Similarly, superconductivity can be destroyed by applying a magnetic field that exceeds some critical value.'
  3. 'The bear market of 2002, however, has changed the critical threshold values for this indicator.'
(of a nuclear reactor or fuel) maintaining a self-sustaining chain reaction.


    1. inclined to find fault or to judge with severity, often too readily.

    2. occupied with or skilled in criticism.

    3. involving skillful judgment as to truth, merit, etc.; judicial: a critical analysis.

    4. of or relating to critics or criticism: critical essays.

    5. providing textual variants, proposed emendations, etc.: a critical edition of Chaucer.

    6. pertaining to or of the nature of a crisis: a critical shortage of food.

    7. of decisive importance with respect to t

    More examples(as adjective)

    "places can be critical of dominations."

    "people can be critical of people."

    "people can be critical of nations."

    "people can be critical of ways."

    "people can be critical of governments."

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    Mid 16th century (in the sense ‘relating to the crisis of a disease’): from late Latin criticus (see critic).