|Marked by a tendency to find and call attention to errors and flaws.|
A critical attitude.
|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.
|Urgently needed; absolutely necessary.|
A critical element of the plan.
Critical medical supplies.
Vital for a healthy society.
Of vital interest.
|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.