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adjective critical pronunciation in British English /ˈkrɪtɪk(ə)l/
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  1. 1
    expressing an opinion when you think something is wrong or bad
    Her father was a very critical man.
    He gave a highly critical speech.
    critical of: People have been critical of the way she has handled the affair.
  2. 2
    very important
    Classroom practice is a critical factor in children’s learning.
    critical to: What happens in the next few days is critical to our success.
    of critical importance: an issue that is of critical importance to the party
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  3. 5
    [only before noun] considering something carefully and deciding what the good and bad aspects are
    In his book, Laurence takes a critical look at modern life.
  4. 6
    according to people whose job is to give their opinion of things such as new books, plays, or films
    It wasn’t the critical success they had hoped for.
    critical acclaim (=admiration): Her latest show has won much critical acclaim.



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