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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Other Words from transformational

transformationally adverb

Examples of transformational in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web That's because Avaya has made a transformational shift to focus more on the lucrative business of cloud software and less on clunky hardware. Paul R. La Monica, CNN, "Working from home is a boost for a...desktop phone company?," 19 Nov. 2020 That means the Biden era is unlikely to be transformational after all. Doyle Mcmanus Washington Columnist, Los Angeles Times, "Column: Biden wanted to be FDR. Not gonna happen," 8 Nov. 2020 Senator Bob Casey, Democrat of Pennsylvania and a Catholic, said his thinking had been shaped in part by Pope Francis’ 2015 encyclical, which calls for transformational change to stop climate change and environmental degradation. Coral Davenport, New York Times, "Biden Pledges Ambitious Climate Action. Here’s What He Could Actually Do.," 25 Oct. 2020 But Morrissey and other advocates say the effect will be transformational, because juries, which have less flexibility than judges in crafting sentences, tend to hand out stiffer punishments than those called for by guidelines. Washington Post, "‘Revolutionary’ criminal sentencing change passes in Virginia," 23 Oct. 2020 As part of the House of Blues and Live Nation Entertainment family, the Music Forward Foundation has impacted more than one million lives and invested $25 million in transformational music programs during the last 25 years. Dave Brooks, Billboard, "Heather Lowery Elected to Music Forward Board of Directors," 6 Oct. 2020 Add to that the transformational change the oil and gas sector, particularly in Europe, is embarking on. Katherine Dunn, Fortune, "The oil and gas industry has lost more than 100,000 jobs this year," 5 Oct. 2020 Both before and during the Eastern Conference finals, Boston Celtics coach Brad Stevens made a point of noting how the Heat’s midseason acquisitions of Jae Crowder and Andre Iguodala were transformational. Ira Winderman,, "Winderman: NBA Finals a Heat-Lakers reminder of fast-track free-agency evolution | Commentary," 3 Oct. 2020 Establishing partnerships and initiatives can be transformational in terms of global reach and scale -- far outweighing what one corporation can achieve alone. Francesca Debiase For Cnn Business Perspectives, CNN, "McDonald's exec: The food industry needs to act now to cut greenhouse gas emissions," 25 Sep. 2020

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First Known Use of transformational

1894, in the meaning defined above

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“Transformational.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 4 Dec. 2020.

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