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Critical vs. Exacting

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Criticaladjective

Inclined to find fault or criticize

‘A good teacher is fair but critical.’;

Exactingadjective

Making excessive demands; difficult to satisfy.

Criticaladjective

Pertaining to, or indicating, a crisis or turning point.

‘This is a critical moment.’;

Exactingadjective

(of an action, task, etc) Requiring precise accuracy, great care, effort, or attention.

Criticaladjective

Extremely important.

‘It's critical that you deliver this on time.’;

Exactingadjective

(of a person or organization) Characterized by exaction.

Criticaladjective

Relating to criticism or careful analysis, such as literary or film criticism.

‘The movie was a critical success, but bombed at the box-office.’;

Exactingverb

present participle of exact

Criticaladjective

(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.’;

Exactingadjective

Oppressive or unreasonably severe in making demands or requiring the exact fulfillment of obligations; harsh; severe.

Criticaladjective

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.’;

Exactingadjective

having complicated nutritional requirements; especially growing only in special artificial cultures;

‘fastidious microorganisms’; ‘certain highly specialized xerophytes are extremely exacting in their requirements’;

Criticaladjective

(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.’;

Exactingadjective

severe and unremitting in making demands;

‘an exacting instructor’; ‘a stern disciplinarian’; ‘strict standards’;

Criticaladjective

(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.

Exactingadjective

requiring precise accuracy;

‘an exacting job’; ‘became more exigent over his pronunciation’;

Criticalnoun

A critical value, factor, etc.

Criticalnoun

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

Criticaladjective

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.’;

Criticaladjective

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

Criticaladjective

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.’;

Criticaladjective

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.’;

Criticaladjective

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

Criticaladjective

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.’;

Criticaladjective

marked by a tendency to find and call attention to errors and flaws;

‘a critical attitude’;

Criticaladjective

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’;

Criticaladjective

characterized by careful evaluation and judgment;

‘a critical reading’; ‘a critical dissertation’; ‘a critical analysis of Melville's writings’;

Criticaladjective

urgently needed; absolutely necessary;

‘a critical element of the plan’; ‘critical medical supplies’; ‘vital for a healthy society’; ‘of vital interest’;

Criticaladjective

forming or having the nature of a turning point or crisis;

‘a critical point in the campaign’; ‘the critical test’;

Criticaladjective

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’;

Criticaladjective

of or involving or characteristic of critics or criticism;

‘critical acclaim’;

Criticaladjective

expressing adverse or disapproving comments or judgements

‘I was very critical of the previous regime’;

Criticaladjective

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’;

Criticaladjective

(of a text) incorporating a detailed and scholarly analysis and commentary

‘a critical edition of a Bach sonata’;

Criticaladjective

involving the objective analysis and evaluation of an issue in order to form a judgement

‘professors often find it difficult to encourage critical thinking amongst their students’;

Criticaladjective

(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’;

Criticaladjective

extremely ill and at risk of death

‘she was critical but stable in Middlesbrough General Hospital’;

Criticaladjective

having a decisive or crucial importance in the success, failure, or existence of something

‘getting banks lending again was critical to any recovery’; ‘time-critical tasks’; ‘temperature is a critical factor in successful fruit storage’;

Criticaladjective

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’;

Criticaladjective

(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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