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An example use of critical in a speech by a native speaker of american english:
“… you you have been critical I had him in …”
Critical means very important or necessary.
the word critical occurs in english on average 40.5 times per one million words; this frequency warrants it to be in the study list for B1 level of language mastery according to CEFR, the Common European Framework of Reference.
it is hard to perfectly classify words into specific topics since each word can have many context of its use, but our machine-learning models believe that critical can be often used in the following areas:
1) communication, information, and media;
2) education, science, and technology;