critical value


Definition of critical value

: the value of an independent variable corresponding to a critical point of a function

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Recent Examples on the Web Most allies and advocates know that listening to LGBTQ+ employee perspectives is important and are aware of the critical value of increasing representation in top leadership. London Business School, Forbes, 10 June 2021 At some critical moment, the surface temperatures on Venus will reach a critical value: about 100 °C (212 °F), or maybe a little higher depending on the atmospheric pressure at the time. Ethan Siegel, Forbes, 16 Apr. 2021 If the spectral gap ever dropped below a critical value as scientists inserted more and more magnetic flux, QAC would happily allow the system to jump to a new, excited quantum state, leaving behind its low-energy past. Spyridon Michalakis, Scientific American, 1 Aug. 2020 The department also cited a certification from the defense secretary about YRC’s critical value for national security. Jeff Stein,, 1 July 2020 The Treasury Department also cited a certification from the Secretary of Defense about YRC’s critical value for national security. Jeff Stein, Washington Post, 1 July 2020 The ice-breaker speech was a fascinating one, as the member recounted a journey from college chess games to mathematics to philosophy that taught him what turned out to be a critical value for his life. Linda Gandee, cleveland, 3 May 2020 Consumption surveys are crucial for monitoring trends in poverty and inequality, and are also of critical value for national income accounting, and for updating macro-economic data such as price indices. Quartz Staff, Quartz India, 21 Nov. 2019 USA TODAY Sports News of Jameis Winston's pending suspension served as a stark reminder of the critical value of backup quarterbacks in the NFL. Nate Davis, USA TODAY, 27 June 2018

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First Known Use of critical value

circa 1909, in the meaning defined above

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“Critical value.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 23 Jan. 2022.

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