critical path

critical path
: a path (as in PERT) that connects the tasks in a process which are required to be completed for subsequent work to start or which take the greatest amount of time for completion and that provides an estimate of the duration of the entire process

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ˌcritical ˈpath f47 [critical path] noun singular (technical)
the order of work that should be followed to complete a project as fast and as cheaply as possible

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