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kri ti kuhl

  • a  marked by a tendency to find and call attention to errors and flaws
    a critical attitude
  • a  at or of a point at which a property or phenomenon suffers an abrupt change especially having enough mass to sustain a chain reaction
    a critical temperature of water is 100 degrees C--its boiling point at standard atmospheric pressure
    critical mass
    go critical
  • a  characterized by careful evaluation and judgment
    a critical reading
    a critical dissertation
    a critical analysis of Melville's writings
  • s  urgently needed; absolutely necessary
    a critical element of the plan
    critical medical supplies
  • s  forming or having the nature of a turning point or crisis
    a critical point in the campaign
    the critical test
  • a  being in or verging on a state of crisis or emergency
    a critical shortage of food
    a critical illness
    an illness at the critical stage
  • a  of or involving or characteristic of critics or criticism
    critical acclaim

  • Opinion Columnist - Opinion editorials and critical essays encompassing all areas of the news media from the pages of PTI Magazine.
  • The biggest document, with the most new detail, is a 2004 report by the CIA Inspector General (CIA IG) that is highly critical of the CIA's enhanced interrogation program.
  • The wires report today that China's social security minister admitted unemployment is a critical problem (AFP report here).
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