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Ionic character giving/taking electrons, covalent character is sharing electrons. A bond has covalent bond has ionic character when the bond is very polar, or when the difference in electronegativity is high (greater than .5). Covalent character is the opposite, when difference in electronegativity is very low.
Also, although we haven't discussed it yet, ionic character and covalent character can be determined by electronegativity. I believe that if the electronegativity is greater than 1.7, it's considered an ionic character. Hopefully we will go more in depth on this topic soon.
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