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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How to use critical period in a sentence
Colleges are entering a critical period, but so far the customers still believe.Janitors With College Degrees and the Higher-Education Bubble | John Leo | July 18, 2012 | THE DAILY BEAST
I have been confronted with many difficulties throughout the course of my life, and my country is going through a critical period.
This is a critical period…for us to get it done professionally.
Its influence was most positive, and pregnant with good at that critical period between school and manhood.East Anglia | J. Ewing Ritchie
His success must not make us forget the courage and the political insight which he displayed during this critical period.The Political History of England - Vol. X. | William Hunt
Harry Harrison came forward at this critical period of the minstrel enterprise and took upon himself the management.Watch Yourself Go By | Al. G. Field
His wife accompanied him, and now there began for them the culminating and most critical period of their lives.Court Beauties of Old Whitehall | W. R. H. Trowbridge
The government whips did not like it; at such a critical period too, when it was necessary to keep the Dissenters up to the mark!Endymion | Benjamin Disraeli