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UK [ˈkrɪtɪklɪ] / US adverb
1) extremely and seriously
critically ill:

Critically ill patients were given access to experimental treatments.

critically important:

It is critically important that an agreement is reached this month.

2) carefully, in order to judge what the good and bad aspects of something are

We are teaching children to think critically.

3) in a way that shows you do not like or approve of something

No one we interviewed spoke critically of the princess or her brother.

4) by people whose job is to give their opinion of things such as new books, plays, or films
critically acclaimed (= admired):

his critically acclaimed novel


English dictionary. 2014.

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