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    Hello everyone

    I'd like to ask about the meaning of "critically" in the following sentence:

    This new paradigm opens the possibility of obtaining critically new results in all scientific and technological areas, so that the characteristic technologies of the twenty-first century may well be torsion technologies.


    Does "critically" mean completely here?

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    Re: critically

    Quote Originally Posted by KLPNO View Post
    Hello everyone

    I'd like to ask about the meaning of "critically" in the following sentence:

    This new paradigm opens the possibility of obtaining critically new results in all scientific and technological areas, so that the characteristic technologies of the twenty-first century may well be torsion technologies.


    Does "critically" mean completely here?
    I think it's a misuse of the word.


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    Re: critically

    This new paradigm opens the possibility of obtaining new results in all scientific and technological areas which could be of great importance......

    Critical can mean very important.

    "It is critical that the government makes the right decision..."



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    Re: critically

    Quote Originally Posted by KLPNO View Post
    Hello everyone

    I'd like to ask about the meaning of "critically" in the following sentence:

    This new paradigm opens the possibility of obtaining critically new results in all scientific and technological areas, so that the characteristic technologies of the twenty-first century may well be torsion technologies.


    Does "critically" mean completely here?
    Not really. A more precise meaning is "relevant", but even this isn't really strong enough.
    If the results are "critical", they are of supreme relevance. In science, any results are relevant, but a scientific theory stands or falls on the basis of critical results.

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    Re: critically

    Quote Originally Posted by bhaisahab View Post
    I think it's a misuse of the word.
    I think critically is modifying new (results).

    If I am incorrect, can someone explain my error?


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    Re: critically

    Quote Originally Posted by colloquium View Post
    I think critically is modifying new (results).

    If I am incorrect, can someone explain my error?
    You are correct.

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    Re: critically

    "...obtaining critical new results..." = "...obtaining very important new results...", I think that "critically" is a bit strange, why not simply "critical"?


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    Re: critically

    Quote Originally Posted by bhaisahab View Post
    "...obtaining critical new results..." = "...obtaining very important new results...", I think that "critically" is a bit strange, why not simply "critical"?
    I agree. Critical seems better to me.

    I just wanted to know if I was wrong!

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