trans·for·ma·tion·al | \ˌtran(t)s-fər-ˈmā-shnəl, -fȯr-, -shə-nᵊl\

Definition of transformational 

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

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WEBINAR Learn from a leadership coach Join transformational leadership coach Heather Williamson for a 45-minute webinar to learn how to get your employees to embrace change instead of fearing it. Margeaux Sippell,, "Business agenda," 30 May 2018 Turning Texas blue is rather like nuclear fusion: a transformational idea in theory that in practice is always a few years away. The Economist, "Demography is not destinyBuilding a multiracial coalition is more difficult than it seems," 12 July 2018 Some analysts and investors favor a transformational merger, such as with cross-town rival Commerzbank AG. Steven Arons,, "Why Deutsche Bank Can’t Just Shake Off Its Problems," 24 June 2018 Given the transformational changes taking shape in Ethiopia and the concrete steps the new leadership have taken in the domestic arena, there is no reason to doubt the sincerity of the government. Awol K. Allo, CNN, "Ethiopia's new Prime Minister has had a stellar two months, can he keep it up?," 7 June 2018 New District Attorney Larry Krasner can do four vital and transformational things for Philly in his first year, write Rick Krajewski, an organizer with Reclaim Philadelphia, and Erika Almiron, executive director of Juntos. Aubrey Nagle,, "Women's March returns, Christie's last day, Sixers beat Raptors | Morning Newsletter," 16 Jan. 2018 Big news & reveal coming soon with what will be a transformational world class park, soccer village & tech hub for #OurMiami. Michelle Kaufman, miamiherald, "Beckham's Miami MLS team 'really close' to announcing name, GM, colors," 27 June 2018 Finally, Representative Peter Roskam, a Republican from Illinois, says the end game is transformational tax reform., "Macron, Merkel, and May Polling Lower Than Trump, Chandler Says," 5 Oct. 2017 More Essays Remedies for bee decline can be as simple as planting flowers and reducing pesticide use, but the results are often transformational. Thor Hanson, WSJ, "The Plight of the Humble Bee," 29 June 2018

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1894, in the meaning defined above

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