Definition of critical

Scrabble & Words with friends points


  • critical is a valid Scrabble US word with a point value of 12
  • critical is a valid Scrabble UK word with a point value of 12
  • critical is a valid Words with friends word with a point value of 15

Definition of critical


  • forming or having the nature of a turning point or crisis (adjective)

    Examples

    1. a critical point in the campaign
    2. the critical test

    Synonyms

    1. decisive
  • urgently needed; absolutely necessary (adjective)

    Examples

    1. a critical element of the plan
    2. critical medical supplies

    Synonyms

    1. vital
  • at or of a point at which a property or phenomenon suffers an abrupt change especially having enough mass to sustain a chain reaction (adjective)

    Examples

    1. a critical temperature of water is 100 degrees C--its boiling point at standard atmospheric pressure
    2. critical mass
    3. go critical
  • being in or verging on a state of crisis or emergency (adjective)

    Examples

    1. a critical shortage of food
    2. a critical illness
    3. an illness at the critical stage
  • characterized by careful evaluation and judgment (adjective)

    Examples

    1. a critical reading
    2. a critical dissertation
    3. a critical analysis of Melville's writings
  • marked by a tendency to find and call attention to errors and flaws (adjective)

    Examples

    1. a critical attitude
  • of or involving or characteristic of critics or criticism ()

    Examples

    1. critical acclaim

See definition of critical in Merriam Webster