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Vital vs. Critical — What's the Difference?

Vital vs. Critical — What's the Difference?

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Vital

Of, relating to, or characteristic of life
Vital strength.
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Critical

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

Necessary to the continuation of life; life-sustaining
A vital organ.
Vital nutrients.
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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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Vital

Used or done on a living cell or tissue
Vital dyes.
Vital staining.
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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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Vital

Concerned with or recording data pertinent to lives
Vital records.
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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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Vital

Full of life or energy; animated
"The population of the teeming, vital slum ... declined" (Rick Hampson).
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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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Vital

Necessary to continued existence or effectiveness
"Irrigation was vital to early civilization" (William H. McNeill).
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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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Vital

Extremely important; essential
"A vital component of any democracy is a free labor movement" (Bayard Rustin).
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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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Vital

Destructive to life; fatal
A vital injury.
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Critical

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

Relating to, or characteristic of life.
Vital energies; vital functions; vital actions
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Critical

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

Necessary to the continuation of life; being the seat of life; being that on which life depends.
The brain is a vital organ.
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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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Vital

Invigorating or life-giving.
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Critical

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

Necessary to continued existence.
The transition to farming was vital for the creation of civilisation.
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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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Vital

Relating to the recording of life events.
Birth, marriage and death certificates are vital records.
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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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Vital

Very important.
It is vital that you don't forget to do your homework.
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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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Vital

Containing life; living.
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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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Vital

Capable of living; in a state to live; viable.
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Critical

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

Belonging or relating to life, either animal or vegetable; as, vital energies; vital functions; vital actions.
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Critical

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

Contributing to life; necessary to, or supporting, life; as, vital blood.
Do the heavens afford him vital food?
And vital virtue infused, and vital warmth.
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Critical

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

Containing life; living.
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Critical

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

Being the seat of life; being that on which life depends; mortal.
The dart flew on, and pierced a vital part.
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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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Vital

Very necessary; highly important; essential.
A competence is vital to content.
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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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Vital

Capable of living; in a state to live; viable.
Pythagoras and Hippocrates . . . affirm the birth of the seventh month to be vital.
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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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Vital

A vital part; one of the vitals.
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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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Vital

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

(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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Vital

Performing an essential function in the living body;
Vital organs
Blood and other vital fluids
The loss of vital heat in shock
A vital spot
Life-giving love and praise
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Critical

A critical value, factor, etc.
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Vital

Full of spirit;
A dynamic full of life woman
A vital and charismatic leader
This whole lively world
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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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Vital

Manifesting or characteristic of life;
A vital, living organism
Vital signs
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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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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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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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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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Critical

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