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critical

1. Informal so seriously injured or ill as to be in danger of dying
2. Physics of, denoting, or concerned with a state in which the properties of a system undergo an abrupt change
3. go critical (of a nuclear power station or reactor) to reach a state in which a nuclear-fission chain reaction becomes self-sustaining

critical

[′krid·ə·kəl]
(nucleonics)
Capable of sustaining a chain reaction at a constant level.

critical

Essential for continued operations. In risk analysis, one classifies data by the degree of sensitivity and criticality. See sensitive and risk assessment.
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That is, to the extent that an imaginary audience biases adolescent social cognition, one might expect to see evidence of that bias when early adolescents are asked to make judgments about the attentiveness and criticalness of hypothetical peer groups (Vartanian, 2000).
The primary difference between the Banzhaf and Johnston indices is how each scores a player's criticalness.
Further, terms such as decision criticalness, decision urgency, and outcome uncertainty have been used in several studies with little or no attempt to satisfy the requirements of construct validity and reliability.
In practice, however, qualitative differences in hardness, criticalness, and negotiability arise from the different types of objects and relationships in the system.
Dean (1987) grippingly captured the criticalness of attending to these phenomena:
Both communications and data processing concerns can usually meet this need, so long as they recognize the criticalness of doing so.
HP's strategic planning appears to be an issue following the unexpected and somewhat arbitrary reversal of key prior strategic decisions, namely the criticalness of PSG to HP in terms of procurement leverage and the importance of acquiring the Palm operating system (WebOS), which would be installed across the company's product portfolio to augment its tablet strategy.
The most vital criticalness of this review to the past research is that gives powerful information about a few issues and settings:
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The French company Beicip-Franlab had informed us earlier that primary studies showed large and promising amount of fuel oil in our Lebanese waters," the Minister announced, assuring that serious efforts ought to be exerted in witness of this matter's criticalness.
The small anonymous grouops in this study were more critical than small identified groups, but there were no differences in the level of criticalness among small and large anonymous groups and large identified groups.
Over the course of 2006, the Company carefully reviewed all positions at OFS in order to assess the criticalness of each job position to OFS's operations.