Critical vs Constructive - What's the difference?

critical | constructive |

As adjectives the difference between critical and constructive

is that critical is inclined to find fault or criticize; fastidious; captious; censorious; exacting while constructive is relating to or causing construction.

As a noun critical

is a critical value, factor, etc.




(en adjective)
  • Inclined to find fault or criticize; fastidious; captious; censorious; exacting.
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  • Pertaining to, or indicating, a crisis or turning point.
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  • *:Such a scandal as the prosecution of a brother for forgery—with a verdict of guilty—is a most truly horrible, deplorable, fatal thing. It takes the respectability out of a family perhaps at a critical moment, when the family is just assuming the robes of respectability:it is a black spot which all the soaps ever advertised could never wash off.
  • Extremely important.
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  • Relating to criticism or careful analysis, such as literary or film criticism.
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  • (lb) Of a patient condition involving unstable vital signs and a prognosis that predicts the condition could worsen; or, a patient condition that requires urgent treatment in an intensive care or critical care medical facility.
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  • Likely to go out of control if disturbed, that is, opposite of stable.
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  • Of the point (in temperature, reagent concentration etc.) where a nuclear or chemical reaction becomes self-sustaining.
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  • Derived terms

    {{der3, criticality , critically , criticalness , critical angle , critical mass , critical point , critical thinking , mission-critical , pseudocritical , supercritical}}

    See also

    * (wikipedia "critical") * (Medical state)


    (en noun)
  • A critical value, factor, etc.
  • * 1976 , American Society of Mechanical Engineers, Journal of engineering for industry (volume 98, page 508)
  • The second undamped system criticals show a greater percentage depression than the first.
  • * 2008 , John J. Coyle, C. John Langley, Brian Gibson, Supply Chain Management: A Logistics Perspective (page 564)
  • Finally, criticals are high-risk, high-value items that give the final product a competitive advantage in the marketplace Criticals, in part, determine the customer's ultimate cost of using the finished product — in our example, the computer.




    (en adjective)
  • Relating to or causing construction.
  • Carefully considered and meant to be helpful.
  • (legal) Imputed by law; created to give legal effect to something for equitable reasons, as with constructive notice or a constructive trust.
  • Synonyms

    * (carefully considered and meant to be helpful) productive


    * (relating to or causing construction) destructive * (carefully considered and meant to be helpful) destructive

    Derived terms

    * constructive criticism * constructive dismissal * constructive eviction * constructive notice * constructive logic * constructive trust * constructively * constructiveness * constructivism * deconstructive * inconstructive * unconstructive ----