critical

[ krit-i-kuhl ]
/ ˈkrɪt ɪ kəl /

adjective


Nearby words

  1. crit.,
  2. criteria,
  3. criterion,
  4. crithidia,
  5. critic,
  6. critical angle,
  7. critical apparatus,
  8. critical care unit,
  9. critical constant,
  10. critical constants

Origin of critical

First recorded in 1580–90; critic + -al1

Related forms
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British Dictionary definitions for criticalness

critical

/ (ˈkrɪtɪkəl) /

adjective

Derived Formscritically, adverbcriticalness, noun

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Word Origin and History for criticalness

critical

adj.

1580s, "censorious," from critic + -al (1). Meaning "pertaining to criticism" is from 1741; medical sense is from c.1600; meaning "of the nature of a crisis" is from 1640s; that of "crucial" is from 1841, from the "decisive" sense in Latin criticus. Related: Criticality (1756; in the nuclear sense, 1950); critically (1650s, "accurately;" 1815, "in a critical situation"). In nuclear science, critical mass is attested from 1940.

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Medicine definitions for criticalness

critical

[ krĭtĭ-kəl ]

adj.

Of or relating to a medical crisis.
Being or relating to a grave physical condition especially of a patient.
Of or relating to the value of a measurement, such as temperature, at which an abrupt change in a chemical of physical quality, property, or state occurs.

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