Definition of critically in English:



  • 1In a way that expresses disapproval.

    ‘a designer spoke critically of capitalism’
    • ‘Still, they responded critically on Wednesday to earlier reports of a purchase deal.’
    • ‘Some of my remarks here are directed toward conventional scientists, who generally refrain from commenting critically on the wild ideas of a few of their colleagues because it is bad manners.’
    • ‘Looking at each other critically and building their own inadequacies out of competition and indeterminate goals, they rush forward thinking they have somehow grown beyond the mistakes of their youth.’
    • ‘In prior articles and commentaries, you have spoken critically of the management of the museum.’
    • ‘They're not allowed to talk critically about the country.’
    • ‘On the other hand, it is considered critically in its claim to represent the colonized people.’
    • ‘He returned to this in the next issue commenting critically on the rally in which a number of people were injured.’
    • ‘She flicked on the small lamp next to her and looked critically at her reflection.’
    • ‘There is no evidence that his frequent absences in London were viewed critically within parliamentarian circles.’
    • ‘He has also spoken critically of the former President.’
  • 2In a way that expresses or involves an analysis of the merits and faults of a work of literature, music, or art.

    ‘a critically acclaimed novel’
    • ‘Though critically well-received, his works sold poorly.’
    • ‘He recently curated a critically successful show of Jamaican self-taught artists.’
    • ‘He is a best-selling and critically lauded novelist, and even a national celebrity.’
    • ‘Choose films that are critically well-received and are box office successes.’
    • ‘In October, one of the most critically acclaimed artists working in Ireland will exhibit her work.’
    • ‘Many critically acclaimed photographers teach to earn a living.’
    • ‘He held several critically acclaimed one-man exhibitions in the 1820s.’
    • ‘He went on to direct that gallery for 11 years, mounting dozens of critically important exhibitions.’
    • ‘The film remains one of the most critically acclaimed modern horror films.’
    • ‘This painting style was critically embraced as representing quintessential French qualities.’
    1. 2.1 In a way that involves the objective analysis and evaluation of an issue in order to form a judgement.
      ‘the reader must evaluate critically every article he or she reviews’
      • ‘Apart from a few honourable exceptions, the architects never seem to have examined their actions critically.’
      • ‘He critically reviewed the range of possibilities.’
      • ‘The final project paper critically analyzes the project's successes and failures.’
      • ‘Inspect the grain critically.’
      • ‘He permits himself to think and reflect critically about society.’
      • ‘This discussion format encourages students to think critically about problems in a variety of ways.’
      • ‘Nurses must take the time to critically reflect on their levels of knowledge and skills.’
      • ‘They must also be assisted in developing their ability to critically assess information sources.’
      • ‘I learned from him how to critically read a newspaper.’
      • ‘What tools can we use to critically evaluate this material?’
  • 3as submodifier To a potentially disastrous degree.

    ‘the critically endangered Hawaiian monk seal’
    • ‘Some breeds of cattle, sheep and pigs are critically low in numbers.’
    • ‘Doctors are already in critically short supply and overburdened nurses often supply the only health care available.’
    • ‘Following the horrific loss of life and injury, blood supplies are critically low.’
    • ‘The continued occupation is critically harming the country's security.’
    • ‘She collapsed on New Year's Day suffering from critically high blood pressure and eclampsia with convulsions.’
    • ‘When the hurricane struck, many local businesses were destroyed or critically damaged.’
    • ‘We have a very busy unit and are critically understaffed.’
    • ‘Today, the red wolf is still critically endangered.’
    • ‘The recovery of critically imperiled plants and animals is one our nation's most difficult natural resource challenges.’
    • ‘Indeed, you can visit critically endangered animals in theme parks all across the country.’
    1. 3.1as submodifier To an extreme degree with a risk of death.
      ‘two critically wounded people died in hospital’
      ‘critically ill patients who were awaiting surgery’
      • ‘It has been almost three weeks since he was critically hurt in a car crash.’
      • ‘The sniper also critically wounded three people, including a 13-year-old boy.’
      • ‘A 30 year old man was critically injured in a road crash.’
      • ‘Their mother, Jacqueline, is still critically ill in hospital.’
      • ‘A teenager, who was critically injured, has been flown home to be closer to his family.’
      • ‘A woman and her son were critically wounded by gunfire.’
      • ‘Just weeks before competition, she donated bone marrow to her critically ill brother.’
      • ‘A senior nurse at the hospital said that the man was clearly critically unwell.’
      • ‘When police arrived, they found him critically injured on the ground.’
      • ‘Unstable, critically ill patients demand physician attention.’
    2. 3.2 With decisive or crucial importance in the success, failure, or existence of something.
      ‘the livelihood of rural people critically depends on the use of natural resources’
      • ‘Grassroots development is of course critically needed.’
      • ‘Both countries are providing more critically needed helicopters.’
      • ‘The future of both economies critically depends on an ongoing improvement in the capital.’
      • ‘She is critically involved in overseeing the printing process.’
      • ‘Dairy is critically important to agriculture.’
      • ‘Beef farmers' income is critically dependent on beef prices in the autumn of this year.’
      • ‘The site is critically needed in order to fulfil housing requirements for the city.’
      • ‘The body is therefore critically dependent on breathing to maintain life.’
      • ‘It is critically urgent now that we grow into a new mindset of sustainable management and conservation.’
      • ‘I applaud them for pursuing this critically important health issue.’