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    How would you interpret 'critical ideas'? What do you think it means?

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    Default Re: critical

    NOT A TEACHER

    From the Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English:

    6making judgments making careful judgments about how good or bad something is : His book provides a critical analysis of the television industry in Britain.
    She looked round the room with a critical eye .


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    Default Re: critical

    Context?

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    Default Re: critical

    Just to show how important context is, it's worth mentioning that my initial contextless thought was of a totally different definition from the one suggested by Chicken Sandwich.

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    Default Re: critical

    I don't have context for that one and I'm at a loss, so I asked the question.

    So let me ask this way.

    Is there any other way to interpret it than what CS suggested?

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    Default Re: critical

    "Critical" can mean "Very important" or "crucial." Like "reducing entitlement costs is critical to the health of the economy."

    Or it can be like a movie critic and his critical ideas about how to improve a film.

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    Default Re: critical

    Quote Originally Posted by SoothingDave View Post
    "Critical" can mean "Very important" or "crucial." Like "reducing entitlement costs is critical to the health of the economy."

    That's how I understand it at first.

    So it's quite ambiguous as a stand alone phrase. Good.


    Thanks!

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