critical
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critical(
krih
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dih
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kuhl
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An adjective is a word that describes a noun (e.g. the big dog).
1. (negative)
a. crítico
The priest was critical of the values of today's youth.El sacerdote fue crítico con respecto a los valores de los jóvenes de hoy en día.
2. (very serious)
a. crítico
Income inequality is a critical problem. If left unchecked, revolution is inevitable.La desigualdad de ingresos es un problema crítico. Si no se controla, la revolución es inevitable.
3. (decisive)
a. crítico
The climate accord came at a critical juncture for the planet.El acuerdo climático se dio en una coyuntura crítica para el planeta.
b. fundamental
The lopsided terms of World War I's peace treaty were a critical cause of World War II.Los términos desiguales del tratado de paz de la Primera Guerra Mundial fueron una causa fundamental de la Segunda Guerra Mundial.
4. (analytical)
a. de la crítica
The play was met with critical disdain.La obra de teatro fue recibida con un desdén de la crítica.
5. (physics)
a. crítico
Dark matter is at least 99% of the universe and as such brings the total density close to the critical value.La materia oscura es al menos el 99% del universo y, como tal, acerca la densidad total a su valor crítico.
6. (medicine)
a.
This refers to an idiomatic word or phrase for which there is no word-for-word translation.
no direct translation
The patient was in critical condition after his fall from a third story window.El paciente estaba grave después de su caída de la ventana de un tercer piso.
When the doctors said he was critical, we called for the priest.Cuando los médicos dijeron que estaba en estado crítico, llamamos al sacerdote.
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critical
An adjective is a word that describes a noun (e.g. the big dog).
1. (negative)
a. crítico(a)
to be critical ofcriticar
2. (essay, study)
a. crítico(a)
it was a critical successfue un éxito de crítica or entre la crítica
3. (decisive)
a. crítico(a), decisivo(a)
she was in a critical conditionse encontraba en estado crítico
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critical [ˈkrɪtɪkəl]
adjective
1 (important) [+factor, element] crítico; [+issue] apremiante; [+problem] muy serio
it is critical to understand what is happening es de vital importancia entender lo que está ocurriendo; of critical importance de vital importancia; how you finance a business is critical to its success el éxito de un negocio depende de forma crucial de cómo se financie
2 (decisive) [+moment, stage] crítico
it was a critical moment in his career
it was a critical time for the nation fue un período crítico para la nación; at a critical juncture en una coyuntura crítica
3 (perilous, serious) [+situation, state] crítico
the problem has reached a critical stage ...the critical state of the national economy...
4 (Med) [+patient, condition, illness] grave
to be on the critical list estar en la lista de enfermos graves; to be off the critical list estar fuera de peligro
5 (fault-finding) [+attitude, remark, report] crítico
he's too critical siempre está criticando; critica demasiado; to watch sb with a critical eye observar a algn con ojo crítico; to be critical of sth/sb criticar algo/a algn
6 (analytical) [+person, reader, analysis] crítico
7 (Cine) (Literat) (Mús) (Teat) crítico
the film met with critical acclaim la película fue aplaudida por la crítica; to be a critical success [+book, play etc] ser un éxito de crítica
8 (Fís) (Nuclear Physics) [+temperature, pressure] crítico
to go critical empezar una reacción en cadena
modifier
critical angle (n) (Aer) (Ópt) ángulo (m) crítico
critical edition (n) edición (f) critica
critical essays (n) ensayos (m) de crítica
critical mass (n) masa (f) crítica
critical path analysis (n) análisis (m) del camino crítico
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