(CritTh) Capacity to identify problems and opportunities, create hypotheses, gather data through primary and secondary research, draw conclusions in environments of high uncertainty.

seeking and assessing information reaching conclusions self-directed corrective thinking

There are, within academia and without, dozens if not hundreds of definitions of "critical thinking."

In the Academy we are about creative problem solving. Critical thinking is implicated in creative problem solving in several ways.

We can define it in terms of what it is not: it is not ideological and it is not projective; thinking critically involves rising above the political lenses of one's group and it involves seeing the world from a perspective that transcends your own.

Neither ahistorical nor naive. Critical thinking draws on past knowledge
the objective analysis and evaluation of an issue in order to form a judgment.

Critical thinking is that mode of thinking — about any subject, content, or problem — in which the thinker improves the quality of his or her thinking by skillfully analyzing, assessing, and reconstructing it. Critical thinking is self-directed, self-disciplined, self-monitored, and self-corrective thinking. It presupposes assent to rigorous standards of excellence and mindful command of their use. It entails effective communication and problem-solving abilities, as well as a commitment to overcome our native egocentrism and sociocentrism. (http://www.criticalthinking.org/pages/our-concept-and-definition-of-critical-thinking/411)

Critical thinking is the intellectually disciplined process of actively and skillfully conceptualizing, applying, analyzing, synthesizing, and/or evaluating information gathered from, or generated by, observation, experience, reflection, reasoning, or communication, as a guide to belief and action. In its exemplary form, it is based on universal intellectual values that transcend subject matter divisions: clarity, accuracy, precision, consistency, relevance, sound evidence, good reasons, depth, breadth, and fairness. (http://www.criticalthinking.org/pages/defining-critical-thinking/766)