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

Other Words from transformational

transformationally adverb

Examples of transformational in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Tomorrow’s CMOs are responsible for building transformational teams, enforcing effective collaboration, and recommending, suggesting and vetting technologies that will allow for such. David Ramos, Forbes, 28 Dec. 2021 But for many Saudis, the shift has felt transformational. Donna Abdulaziz, WSJ, 27 Dec. 2021 Their plans include increasing margins, sharpening EBITDA, reaching transformational milestones, and improving pricing to navigate inflation, to name a few. Sheryl Estrada, Fortune, 16 Dec. 2021 The Columbia University alumnus and professor is a fierce advocate for liberal arts education, and vouches for the transformational power of the school’s Great Books program, one of the last of its kind. Pavithra Rajesh, The Christian Science Monitor, 15 Dec. 2021 And some students experience a kind of intellectual awakening, which can be inspiring and even transformational. The New Yorker, 13 Dec. 2021 Nakia recently sat down with Essence to share her transformational journey and how others in a similar situation can find their way to success. Jasmine Browley, Essence, 8 Dec. 2021 But what will likely go down as a transformational group, or at least an incredibly successful one, is thinning out. Zach Osterman, The Indianapolis Star, 7 Dec. 2021 If their defense had made even one transformational play, the Ravens might have escaped Pittsburgh with a victory, despite their foul-ups in other areas. Childs Walker,, 6 Dec. 2021

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First Known Use of transformational

1894, in the meaning defined above

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1 Jan 2022

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“Transformational.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 17 Jan. 2022.

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