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definition 1: tending to make severe judgments or to find fault.
example: Her mother-in-law was so critical that it seemed impossible please her.
example: Many citizens have become critical of the current government and are demanding reforms.
definition 2: characterized by or involving careful and exact analysis and evaluation.
example: Scientific research requires critical thinking.
definition 3: of the nature of a crisis; being at the very highest point of danger but still allowing the possibility of a positive outcome.
example: She’s in the hospital and her condition is considered critical.
definition 4: extremely important.
example: It is critical that you understand these instructions; making a mistake could have dangerous consequences.
example: The testimony of this witness is critical to the case for the defense.
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