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Critical vs. Essential — What's the Difference?

Critical vs. Essential — What's the Difference?

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Critical

Expressing adverse or disapproving comments or judgements
I was very critical of the previous regime
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Essential

Constituting or being part of the nature or essence of something; inherent
"In that era of general good will ... few Americans doubted the essential goodness of their society" (David Halberstam).
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Critical

Expressing or involving an analysis of the merits and faults of a work of literature, music, or art
She never won the critical acclaim she sought
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Essential

Fundamentally important or necessary
Essential ingredients.
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Critical

(of a situation or problem) having the potential to become disastrous; at a point of crisis
The floodwaters had not receded and the situation was still critical
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Essential

(Medicine) Of, relating to, or being a condition or a disease whose cause is unknown
Essential hypertension.
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Critical

Relating to or denoting a point of transition from one state to another
If the density is less than a certain critical value the gravitational attraction will be too weak to halt the expansion
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Essential

(Biochemistry) Being a substance that is required for normal functioning but cannot be synthesized by the body and therefore must be included in the diet
Essential amino acids.
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Critical

(of a nuclear reactor or fuel) maintaining a self-sustaining chain reaction
The reactor is due to go critical in October
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Essential

Something fundamental.
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Critical

Judging severely and finding fault
A writer who is very critical of the government's foreign policy.
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Essential

Something necessary or indispensable.
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Critical

Relating to or characterized by criticism; reflecting careful analysis and judgment
A critical appreciation of the filmmaker's work.
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Essential

Necessary.
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Critical

Of, relating to, or characteristic of critics
A play that received great critical acclaim.
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Essential

Very important; of high importance.
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Critical

Including scholarly commentary and interpretation
A critical edition of Poe's stories.
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Essential

(biology) Necessary for survival but not synthesized by the organism, thus needing to be ingested.
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Critical

Forming or having the nature of a turning point; crucial or decisive
A critical point in the campaign.
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Essential

Being in the basic form; showing its essence.
Don’t mind him being grumpy. That’s the essential Fred.
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Critical

(Medicine) Being or relating to a grave physical condition, especially of a patient.
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Essential

Really existing; existent.
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Critical

Being in or verging on a state of crisis or emergency
A critical shortage of food.
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Essential

(geometry) Such that each complementary region is irreducible, the boundary of each complementary region is incompressible by disks and monogons in the complementary region, and no leaf is a sphere or a torus bounding a solid torus in the manifold.
Difference between 1 and 2
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Critical

Extremely important or essential
A critical element of the plan.
A second income that is critical to the family's well-being.
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Essential

(medicine) Idiopathic.
Essential blepharospasm
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Critical

(Mathematics) Of or relating to a point at which a curve has a horizontal tangent line, as at a maximum or minimum.
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Essential

Having the nature of essence; not physical.
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Critical

Chemistry & Physics Of or relating to the value of a measurement, such as temperature, at which an abrupt change in a quality, property, or state occurs
A critical temperature of water is 100°C, its boiling point at standard atmospheric pressure.
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Essential

A necessary ingredient.
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Critical

(Physics) Capable of sustaining a nuclear chain reaction
The reactor has gone critical.
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Essential

A fundamental ingredient.
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Critical

Inclined to find fault or criticize.
A good teacher is fair but critical.
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Essential

Belonging to the essence, or that which makes an object, or class of objects, what it is.
Majestic as the voice sometimes became, there was forever in it an essential character of plaintiveness.
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Critical

Pertaining to, or indicating, a crisis or turning point.
This is a critical moment.
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Essential

Hence, really existing; existent.
Is it true, that thou art but a name,And no essential thing?
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Critical

Extremely important.
It's critical that you deliver this on time.
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Essential

Important in the highest degree; indispensable to the attainment of an object; indispensably necessary.
Judgment's more essential to a generalThan courage.
How to live? - that is the essential question for us.
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Critical

Relating to criticism or careful analysis, such as literary or film criticism.
The movie was a critical success, but bombed at the box-office.
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Essential

Containing the essence or characteristic portion of a substance, as of a plant; highly rectified; pure; hence, unmixed; as, an essential oil.
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Critical

(medicine) Of a patient condition involving unstable vital signs and a prognosis that predicts the condition could worsen; or, a patient condition that requires urgent treatment in an intensive care or critical care medical facility.
The patient's condition is critical.
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Essential

Necessary; indispensable; - said of those tones which constitute a chord, in distinction from ornamental or passing tones.
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Critical

Likely to go out of control if disturbed, that is, opposite of stable.
The political situation was so critical that the government declared the state of siege.
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Essential

Idiopathic; independent of other diseases.
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Critical

(physics) Of the point (in temperature, reagent concentration etc.) where a nuclear or chemical reaction becomes self-sustaining.
The reaction was about to become critical.
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Essential

Existence; being.
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Critical

(physics) Of a temperature that is equal to the temperature of the critical point of a substance, i.e. the temperature above which the substance cannot be liquefied.
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Essential

That which is essential; first or constituent principle; as, the essentials of religion.
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Critical

A critical value, factor, etc.
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Essential

Anything indispensable;
Food and shelter are necessities of life
The essentials of the good life
Allow farmers to buy their requirements under favorable conditions
A place where the requisites of water fuel and fodder can be obtained
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Critical

In breakdancing, a kind of airflare move in which the dancer hops from one hand to the other.
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Essential

Absolutely necessary; vitally necessary;
Essential tools and materials
Funds essential to the completion of the project
An indispensable worker
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Critical

Qualified to criticise, or pass judgment upon, literary or artistic productions.
It is submitted to the judgment of more critical ears to direct and determine what is graceful and what is not.
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Essential

Basic and fundamental;
The essential feature
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Critical

Pertaining to criticism or the critic's art; of the nature of a criticism; accurate; as, critical knowledge; a critical dissertation.
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Essential

Of the greatest importance;
The all-important subject of disarmament
Crucial information
In chess cool nerves are of the essence
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Critical

Inclined to make nice distinctions, or to exercise careful judgment and selection; exact; nicely judicious.
Virgil was so critical in the rites of religion, that he would never have brought in such prayers as these, if they had not been agreeable to the Roman customs.
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Essential

Being or relating to or containing the essence of a plant etc;
Essential oil
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Critical

Inclined to criticise or find fault; fastidious; captious; censorious; exacting.
O gentle lady, do not put me to 't,For I am nothing, if not critical.
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Essential

Applying to essential legal principles and rules of right;
Substantive law
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Critical

Characterized by thoroughness and a reference to principles, as becomes a critic; as, a critical analysis of a subject.
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Essential

Absolutely required and not to be used up or sacrificed
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Critical

Pertaining to, or indicating, a crisis, turning point, or specially important juncture; important as regards consequences; hence, of doubtful issue; attended with risk; dangerous; as, the critical stage of a fever; a critical situation.
Our circumstances are indeed critical.
The small moment, the exact point, the critical minute, on which every good work so much depends.
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Critical

Marked by a tendency to find and call attention to errors and flaws;
A critical attitude
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Critical

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
Critical mass
Go critical
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Critical

Characterized by careful evaluation and judgment;
A critical reading
A critical dissertation
A critical analysis of Melville's writings
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Critical

Urgently needed; absolutely necessary;
A critical element of the plan
Critical medical supplies
Vital for a healthy society
Of vital interest
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Critical

Forming or having the nature of a turning point or crisis;
A critical point in the campaign
The critical test
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Critical

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
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Critical

Of or involving or characteristic of critics or criticism;
Critical acclaim
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