- crit|i|cal|ly [ `krıtıkli ] 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 mayor or her brother.4. ) by people whose job is to give their opinion of things such as new books, plays, or movies:critically acclaimed (=admired): his critically acclaimed novel
Usage of the words and phrases in modern English. 2013.