trans·​for·​ma·​tive | \ tran(t)s-ˈfȯr-mə-tiv How to pronounce transformative (audio) \

Definition of transformative

: causing or able to cause an important and lasting change in someone or something a transformative experience And she'll tell anyone who asks about her transformative weeks working for UNICEF in Congo and Cambodia.— S. L. Price It is increasingly hard to escape the conclusion that American politics has entered one of those rare transformative moments that shape the content of our public discourse and the direction of our governance for generations.— Doug Ireland

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Recent Examples on the Web His downfall, after more than 23 years as president, was widely credited as a transformative moment in the region and sent a wave of revolutionary fervor coursing through the streets of Egypt, Bahrain, Iran, Libya, and Jordan., "His lawyer, Mounir Ben Salha, confirmed his death to the Associated Press. Mr. Ben Ali was being treated for prostate cancer.," 20 Sep. 2019 His downfall, after more than 23 years as president, was widely credited as a transformative moment in the region and sent a wave of revolutionary fervor coursing through the streets of Bahrain, Egypt, Iran, Jordan and Libya, among other nations. Adam Bernstein, Washington Post, "Zine el-Abidine Ben Ali, Tunisian despot whose ouster helped spark Arab Spring, dies at 83," 19 Sep. 2019 At the personal level, a transformative experience. Patrick May, The Mercury News, "Back to the playa: Burning Man 2019 brings images of fire and fun," 28 Aug. 2019 For Ethan Walsh being a member of the Dania Beach Junior Lifeguards, every summer for the last five years has been a transformative experience. Emmett Hall,, "Dania Beach Junior Lifeguard program develops young athlete," 22 Aug. 2019 Getting into your first gun can be a transformative experience. Jon Caldara, The Denver Post, "Caldara: I want to give you one of my guns, really (click for details)," 16 Aug. 2019 By GET Creative, for Rocket Mortgage Buying your first home is both a defining moment and an exciting, transformative experience. Stephanie Walden, USA TODAY, "Getting ready to buy your first home? Check out these tips first," 12 Aug. 2019 More than the generosity of his monetary gifts -- which were truly transformative -- Mort changed the way Jewish communal professionals and the entire community thought about the Jewish future. cleveland, "Mandel Jewish Day School postpones building dedication after death of Morton Mandel, 98; University Hts. man named top adjunct teacher; more: Press Run," 18 Oct. 2019 The phenomenally fast adoption of such a transformative technology, though, unsettled the public and spurred fears about the safety of the food supply. Patricia Cohen, New York Times, "Roundup Weedkiller Is Blamed for Cancers, but Farmers Say It’s Not Going Away," 20 Sep. 2019

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First Known Use of transformative

1668, in the meaning defined above

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“Transformative.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 5 December 2019.

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English Language Learners Definition of transformative

formal : causing or able to cause a change especially : causing someone's life to be different or better in some important way

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