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1. Judging severely and finding fault: a writer who is very critical of the government's foreign policy.
a. Relating to or characterized by criticism; reflecting careful analysis and judgment: a critical appreciation of the filmmaker's work.
b. Of, relating to, or characteristic of critics: a play that received great critical acclaim.
c. Including scholarly commentary and interpretation: a critical edition of Poe's stories.
a. Forming or having the nature of a turning point; crucial or decisive: a critical point in the campaign. See Synonyms at decisive.
b. Medicine Being or relating to a grave physical condition, especially of a patient.
c. Being in or verging on a state of crisis or emergency: a critical shortage of food.
4. Extremely important or essential: a critical element of the plan; a second income that is critical to the family's well-being. See Synonyms at indispensable.
5. Mathematics Of or relating to a point at which a curve has a horizontal tangent line, as at a maximum or minimum.
6. Chemistry & Physics Of or relating to the value of a measurement, such as temperature, at which an abrupt change in a quality, property, or state occurs: A critical temperature of water is 100°C, its boiling point at standard atmospheric pressure.
7. Physics Capable of sustaining a nuclear chain reaction: The reactor has gone critical.

crit′i·cal·ly adv.
crit′i·cal·ness n.
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Noun1.criticalness - a state of critical urgency
urgency - the state of being urgent; an earnest and insistent necessity
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The foremost criticalness of Chabahar port is that it can step side Pakistan by providing India a strategic ingress to Afghanistan and bolster India's access to Iran
A principal criticalness of fashion lies in the ability of knowing the taste of customer and then converting it into a required product.
One study pointed out the criticalness of caregivers having the necessary knowledge and skills needed to help the care recipient (Levin, Peterson, Dolansky, & Boxer, 2014).
Although this formulation is largely ignored in the cultural transformation theory literature, Azibo pointed to its criticalness for African personality/racial identity development theory about ADP and adjusted it to include later formative environment (Azibo, 1998, 2015a; Azibo & Robinson, 2004).
Past researcher focused on that baby boomer, population aging, and diverse retirement policies have all elevated the criticalness of retirement planning (Joo and Grable, 2005).
Though there are other reasons for Israel disallowing an independent Palestine, the criticalness of balance-of-power considerations to the equation means that a Palestinian strategy focused on rights promises better results than one focused on territory.
The story of the film revolves around a Jewish-Italian bookkeeper who suffers the criticalness of the German regime during the days of Adolf Hitler when Italy was occupied by Germans, surviving the struggles he faced due to the Holocaust, along with his wife and son.
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But within that are the nitty-gritty details that are all too often overlooked -- the criticalness of long-term planning (in many cases several years for a smooth transition), the importance of outside experience (for both family members and other employees) and the need to recognize the value of different personality types in the family business.
Correct identification of the source of raw materials of medicinal herbal plants used is the prerequisite and is of utmost criticalness to ensure their quality, safety, and therapeutic efficacy [41, 42].
Before fully entangling ourselves in this aguafuerte, one final word about the criticalness of Arlt's methodology must be mentioned, for it is his flaneurian movement that affords him the opportunity to rethink the city and escape time and again the hegemonic ideology of cultural nationalism that held fast to their beliefs of the city as deeply ensconced in a rigid sign system.