- pertaining to a state, value, or quantity at which one or more properties of a substance or system undergo a change.
- (of fissionable material) having enough mass to sustain a chain reaction.
Origin of critical
Synonyms for critical
Examples from the Web for non-critical
Historical Examples of non-critical
It represents an illusion which from any non-Critical standpoint is altogether unavoidable.A Commentary to Kant's 'Critique of Pure Reason'
Norman Kemp Smith
Its review of the Winterreise is non-critical and chiefly remarkable for the denial of foreign imitation.Laurence Sterne in Germany
Harvey Waterman Thayer
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.