Definition of critical period in English:

critical period

Line breaks: crit|ic¦al period


A period during someone’s development in which a particular skill or characteristic is believed to be most readily acquired.
More example sentences
  • The early adolescent years are a critical period for social skill development, especially for children at risk for social failure.
  • It has been suggested that there is a critical period for sex role development and that father absence during this period has long-lasting negative effects.
  • Due to the fact that adolescence is a critical period of development, examining the adjustment process of adolescents is especially relevant.

Definition of critical period in:

Get more from Oxford Dictionaries

Subscribe to remove adverts and access premium resources

Word of the day retroflex
Pronunciation: ˈrɛtrə(ʊ)flɛks
turned backwards