piv·​ot·​al | \ ˈpi-və-tᵊl How to pronounce pivotal (audio) \

Definition of pivotal

1 : of, relating to, or constituting a pivot
2 : vitally important : critical

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pivotally \ ˈpi-​və-​tᵊl-​ē How to pronounce pivotally (audio) \ adverb

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Examples of pivotal in a Sentence

She is at a pivotal point in her career. the report was missing a pivotal piece of information
Recent Examples on the Web Health experts agree this will be a pivotal moment in determining whether the nation slides into a deeper mess. John Seewer, Anchorage Daily News, "‘Huge bummer’: Fourth of July will test Americans’ discipline during pandemic," 3 July 2020 The investment could intensify questions over Treasury’s handling of hundreds of billions in taxpayer aid at a pivotal moment for the U.S. economy. Jeff Stein, Washington Post, "In unusual deal, U.S. Treasury to acquire 30 percent of trucking company in exchange for $700 million loan," 1 July 2020 Becker’s work came at a pivotal moment in the eating disorders field. Carrie Arnold, STAT, "Among people facing food insecurity, researchers find a hidden health issue: eating disorders," 25 June 2020 Drag artist Nina West says her first Pride was a pivotal moment in her life. Talid Magdi And Leroy Ah-ben, CNN, "Pride during a pandemic: Why visibility and connection still matter," 24 June 2020 Nearly four decades after Chin's death, activists who lived through it describe it as a pivotal moment that crystallized their status as secondary citizens living on the margins of society. NBC News, "Anniversary of Vincent Chin's death relevant in era of 'Kung flu' and COVID-19 blame, experts say," 23 June 2020 For Coates, a pivotal moment of the past few weeks came when officials initially failed to act against the officer who kneeled on George Floyd’s neck. David Remnick, The New Yorker, "After Juneteenth," 20 June 2020 This year's Juneteenth celebration comes at a pivotal moment in the United States. Staff, The Indianapolis Star, "People gather at Indianapolis-area events to commemorate Juneteenth," 19 June 2020 But Dunn said the court should take up its full case at some point before November to give voters clarity before a pivotal election. James Barragán, Dallas News, "Texas Democrats ask Supreme Court to expand mail voting," 16 June 2020

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First Known Use of pivotal

1838, in the meaning defined at sense 2

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“Pivotal.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/pivotal. Accessed 12 Jul. 2020.

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: very important

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