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critical

adjective

Synonyms and Antonyms of critical

  1. 1 given to making or expressing unfavorable judgments about things adults tend to be critical of teenagers' taste in music and movies Synonyms of critical captious, carping, caviling (or cavilling), faultfinding, hypercritical, judgmental, overcritical, rejective Words Related to critical discerning, discriminating, judicious; demanding, exacting, fastidious, finical, finicky, fussy, nitpicky, particular, picky; pettifogging, quibbling; harsh, merciless, uncharitable, unforgiving Near Antonyms of critical undiscriminating; undemanding, unfussy; charitable, forgiving Antonyms of critical uncritical

  2. 2 needing immediate attention this problem isn't critical, so we can go home now and tend to it in the morning Synonyms of critical burning, clamant, compelling, acute, crying, dire, emergent, exigent, imperative, imperious, importunate, instant, necessitous, pressing, urgentWords Related to critical demanding, extreme, immediate, insistent, intense, overriding; crucial, desperate, grave, life-and-death (also life-or-death), serious, severe, vital; dangerous, explosive, hazardous, perilous, precarious, unstableNear Antonyms of critical incidental, low-pressure, minor, negligible, trivial, unimportant; nonthreatening, safe, stableAntonyms of critical noncritical, nonurgent

  3. 3 of the greatest possible importance this is the critical exam that will largely determine your college career Synonyms of critical crucial, key, pivotal, vitalWords Related to critical decisive, life-and-death (also life-or-death), weighty; basic, elementary, fundamental; essential, indispensable, necessary, requisite; pressing, urgentNear Antonyms of critical inconsequential, insignificant, minor, trivial, unimportant

  4. 4 impossible to do without critical information for an informed medical diagnosis Synonyms of critical all-important, essential, imperative, indispensable, integral, must-have, necessary, necessitous, needed, needful, required, requisite, vitalWords Related to critical prerequisite; compulsory, mandatory, nonelective, obligatory; consequential, crucial, important, major, material, meaningful, momentous, significant, substantial, weighty; basic, central, fundamental, key, organic; insistent, persistent, pressing, urgentNear Antonyms of critical undesired, unwanted; inconsequential, insignificant, unimportant; excess, external, extra, extraneous, superfluous, surplusAntonyms of critical dispensable, inessential, needless, nonessential, unessential, unnecessary, unneeded


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