adjective a climactic period of time or situation is one in which very important or exciting events happen: the hero, dodging bullets in the movie's climactic scene climate /'klaImit/ noun (C)
1 a situation that exists at a particular time, especially one which involves people's opinions and attitudes: social/political/economic climate: Small businesses are finding it hard to survive in the present economic climate. | climate of suspicion/hostility/distrust: a climate of growing racial intolerance
2 the typical weather conditions in a particular area: Los Angeles' warm, dry climate
3 an area with particular weather conditions: I could not bear living in a tropical climate.

Longman dictionary of contemporary English. 2004.

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