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 for Critical
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Critical \Crit"ic*al\ (kr[i^]t"[i^]*kal), a. [See Critic, n.,
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     1. Qualified to criticise, or pass judgment upon, literary or
        artistic productions.
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              It is submitted to the judgment of more critical
              ears to direct and determine what is graceful and
              what is not.                          --Holder.
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     2. Pertaining to criticism or the critic's art; of the nature
        of a criticism; accurate; as, critical knowledge; a
        critical dissertation.
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     3. Inclined to make nice distinctions, or to exercise careful
        judgment and selection; exact; nicely judicious.
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              Virgil was so critical in the rites of religion,
              that he would never have brought in such prayers as
              these, if they had not been agreeable to the Roman
              customs.                              --Bp.
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     4. Inclined to criticise or find fault; fastidious; captious;
        censorious; exacting.
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              O gentle lady, do not put me to 't,
              For I am nothing, if not critical.    --Shak.
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     5. Characterized by thoroughness and a reference to
        principles, as becomes a critic; as, a critical analysis
        of a subject.
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     6. [See Crisis.] Pertaining to, or indicating, a crisis,
        turning point, or specially important juncture; important
        as regards consequences; hence, of doubtful issue;
        attended with risk; dangerous; as, the critical stage of a
        fever; a critical situation.
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              Our circumstances are indeed critical. --Burke.
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              The small moment, the exact point, the critical
              minute, on which every good work so much depends.
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     Critical angle (Optics), that angle of incidence of a
        luminous ray at which it is wholly reflected, and no
        portion of it transmitted. The sine of this angle is the
        reciprocal of the refractive index of the medium.
     Critical philosophy, the metaphysical system of Kant; -- so
        called from his most important work, the "Critique of Pure
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From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

      adj 1: marked by a tendency to find and call attention to errors
             and flaws; "a critical attitude" [ant: uncritical]
      2: 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" [ant:
      3: characterized by careful evaluation and judgment; "a critical
         reading"; "a critical dissertation"; "a critical analysis of
         Melville's writings" [ant: noncritical, uncritical]
      4: urgently needed; absolutely necessary; "a critical element of
         the plan"; "critical medical supplies"; "vital for a healthy
         society"; "of vital interest" [syn: critical, vital]
      5: forming or having the nature of a turning point or crisis; "a
         critical point in the campaign"; "the critical test" [syn:
         critical, decisive]
      6: 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" [ant: noncritical, noncrucial]
      7: of or involving or characteristic of critics or criticism;
         "critical acclaim"

From Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0 :

  215 Moby Thesaurus words for "critical":
     Herculean, abstruse, accurate, acute, alarming, allegorizing,
     annotative, appreciative, arduous, attentive, bad, basic,
     belittling, brutal, captious, carping, caviling, censorious,
     charged, choicy, choosy, clamorous, clarifying, climacteric, close,
     commentative, commentatorial, compelling, complex, conclusive,
     conscientious, consequential, correct, critic, crucial, crying,
     cynical, dangerous, dangersome, decisive, delicate, demanding,
     demeaning, demonstrative, demythologizing, deprecating,
     deprecative, deprecatory, depreciating, depreciative, depreciatory,
     desperate, detailed, determinative, differential, difficile,
     difficult, dire, discerning, discoursive, discriminate,
     discriminating, discriminative, disparaging, disquisitional,
     dissertational, distinctive, distinguishing, editorial,
     elucidative, emergent, enlightening, essayistic, essential,
     euhemeristic, exact, exacting, exegetic, exemplificative, exigent,
     explaining, explanatory, explicative, explicatory, explosive,
     expositive, expositorial, expository, exquisite, fastidious,
     faultfinding, fine, finical, finicking, finicky, formidable,
     fraught with danger, fussy, glossarial, grave, hairsplitting,
     hairy, hard, hard-earned, hard-fought, high-pressure,
     high-priority, humbling, hypercritical, illuminating, illuminative,
     illustrative, imperative, imperious, important, insistent, instant,
     intricate, jawbreaking, jeopardous, judgemental, judgmental,
     judicative, judicial, judiciary, judicious, juridic, juristic,
     kairotic, key, knotted, knotty, laborious, loaded, lowering, mean,
     menacing, meticulous, minute, momentous, monographic, nagging,
     narrow, nice, niggling, no picnic, not easy, on slippery ground,
     on thin ice, operose, overcritical, parlous, particular,
     penetrating, perfectionistic, periculous, perilous, pettifogging,
     picky, pivotal, precarious, precise, precisianistic,
     precisionistic, pregnant, pressing, priggish, prudish, punctilious,
     punctual, puristic, puritanic, quibbling, rationalistic,
     rationalizing, refined, religious, rigid, rigorous, rough, rugged,
     scholiastic, scrupulous, scrutinizing, selective, sensitive,
     serious, set with thorns, severe, significant, slippery, slippy,
     spiny, steep, strenuous, strict, subtle, tactful, thorny,
     threatening, ticklish, toilsome, touch-and-go, touchy, tough,
     trichoschistic, tricky, ugly, ultracritical, uncertain, uphill,
     urgent, vital, weighty, wicked

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