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critical path
The sequence of dependent activities (i.e., each activity cannot be completed until the chronologically prior one has been completed) in a project work plan that has the longest completion time of all activity sequences in the plan. It is called a critical path since, because it is the longest sequence of required tasks, if any of the tasks in the sequence falls behind schedule, the entire project will fall behind schedule.
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