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


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