1. a scenario which generates a great deal of turmoil or tension for those people engaged in it. 2. a distressing alteration in someone's life which frequently generates mental or emotional duress. 3. a point of change for good or bad within the duration of an illness. 4. a state of matters characterized by disorder and the potential of coming alteration for the worse. 5. with regard to the examination of scientific revolutions by American philosopher Thomas Kuhn, the scenario that takes place whenever a certain abstract system is beaten by so many problems that the system is understood to be faltering and a quest for a higher quality abstract system is started.
CRISES): "It wasn't surprising that Chris needed some time off after the recent crises he and his family have faced."