trans·​for·​ma·​tion·​al | \ ˌtran(t)s-fər-ˈmā-shnəl How to pronounce transformational (audio) , -fȯr-, -shə-nᵊl\

Definition of transformational

: of, relating to, characterized by, or concerned with transformation and especially linguistic transformation

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transformationally adverb

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Seeing Joy Harjo perform live is a transformational experience. Élan Young, Smithsonian, "Joy Harjo’s New Poetry Collection Brings Native Issues to the Forefront," 13 Aug. 2019 This was the pragmatists against the front-runners seeking transformational change. Brian Slodysko, Fortune, "4 Key Takeaways From Night 1 of the Second Democratic Debate," 31 July 2019 The residence hall in the United States has come to mark the threshold between childhood and adulthood, housing young people during a transformational time in their lives. Carla Yanni, Smithsonian, "How College Dorms Evolved to Fit America’s Gender and Racial Politics," 6 Sep. 2019 Last year, the Feingold family provided the transformational gift that made the Dr. Jeffrey and Barbara Feingold Family Synagogue, its Sefer Torah scroll and outdoor garden possible at the base. Sergio Carmona,, "U.S. Energy Secretary tours IDF shul donated by Delray Couple," 11 Sep. 2019 Chance The Rapper has had quite a transformational year. Jasmine Grant, Essence, "Chance The Rapper Is Rescheduling His Tour To Be A Family Man," 10 Sep. 2019 Over the decades, American educators have cherished the residence hall as a transformational space in which adolescents turned into adult, morally conscious citizens. Carla Yanni, Smithsonian, "How College Dorms Evolved to Fit America’s Gender and Racial Politics," 6 Sep. 2019 Mining innovation Neri said that these transformational efforts so far have paid off financially. Sean Gallagher, Ars Technica, "Antonio Neri and Hewlett Packard Enterprise’s cultural revolution," 2 Sep. 2019 These outstanding results demonstrate NAE’s commitment to providing transformational learning opportunities for every child. Roy Kent, Houston Chronicle, "British International School of Houston in Katy celebrates student success," 27 Aug. 2019

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First Known Use of transformational

1894, in the meaning defined above

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