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1‘the safety committee produced a highly critical report’
censorious, condemnatory, condemning, castigatory, reproving, denunciatory, deprecatory, disparaging, disapproving, scathing, criticizing, fault-finding, judgemental, negative, unfavourable, unsympathetic
hypercritical, ultra-critical, overcritical, pedantic, pettifogging, cavilling, carping, quibbling, niggling
Scottish Irish pass-remarkable
informal nitpicking, hair-splitting, pernickety, picky, griping, bitching, bellyaching, whingeing
rare reprobatory, reprobative
2‘there was critical agreement among Renaissance specialists’
evaluative, analytic, analytical, interpretative, expository, commentative, explanatory, explicative, elucidative
3‘the hospital says her condition is critical’
grave, serious, dangerous, risky, perilous, hazardous, precarious, touch-and-go, in the balance, uncertain, desperate, dire, acute, very bad
informal chancy, dicey, hairy, iffy
British informal dodgy
archaic, humorous parlous
4‘the choice of materials is critical for product safety’
crucial, vital, essential, of the essence, all-important, important, of the utmost importance, of great consequence, high-priority, paramount, pre-eminent, fundamental, key, pivotal, deciding, decisive, climacteric, momentous
serious, urgent, pressing, compelling, exigent
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