Meaning of “critical” - Learner’s Dictionary


adjective us uk /ˈkrɪtɪkəl/
Extra Examples
She's very critical of their techniques in general.The report is highly critical of saftey standards at the factory.I didn't want to appear too critical.Why are you so critical all the time?She was very critical of the way the case had been handled.

B2 saying that someone or something is bad or wrong:

a critical report
He is very critical of the way I work.

B2 very important for the way things will happen in the future:

a critical decision

B2 extremely serious or dangerous:

The doctors said her condition was critical and she might not survive.

giving judgments and opinions on books, plays, films, etc:

a critical study of Tennyson's work
critically adverb

(Definition of “critical” from the Cambridge Learner’s Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)