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critically

[ krit-ik-lee ]
/ ˈkrɪt ɪk li /
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adverb

in a judgmental or disapproving manner: The backlash was immediate after he spoke critically of his opponent’s personal life.
in a manner involving skillful analysis of merit, as of a decision or work of art or literature: a critically sanctioned project; critically admired novels.
to a devastating degree, leading to or reaching a crisis: As floodwaters rise, we are critically lacking sandbags and evacuation transport.
seriously or extremely, as of a gravely unstable medical condition: critically injured; a critically ill pneumonia patient.
with decisive or essential importance with respect to the outcome; crucially; indispensably: The success of this experiment critically relies on optimal weather.

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Origin of critically

First recorded in 1645–55; critical + -ly

OTHER WORDS FROM critically

non·crit·i·cal·ly, adverb
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