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critical period

(psychol) a period in a lifetime during which a specific stage of development usually occurs. If it fails to do so, it cannot readily occur afterwards
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  • Apart from this critical period, life at Darmstadt bored him considerably.

    Victorian Worthies

    George Henry Blore
  • It was, as I have shown, at a most critical period in our provincial history.

    The Story of My Life Egerton Ryerson
  • Some assistance is needed at the outset to tide it past the critical period.

    Monopolies and the People Charles Whiting Baker
  • Lyad had been locked in her cabin again as the critical period approached.

    Legacy James H Schmitz
  • My daughter Rachel is in Maine on a visit to the Blaines, at this critical period.

    Twenty Years in Europe Samuel H. M. Byers
  • They preside over the most critical period of Israel's history.

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  • At this critical period of his fate, he cannot afford to be proud.

Contemporary definitions for critical period

a time in a person's development in which a certain skill or characterized would be most readily acquired

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