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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Through community, self-care, and staying connected to the earth, Ivori’s rituals have become a reminder of how transformative cultivating a relationship with beauty can be. Dianca London Potts, SELF, "8 Modern Witches Share Their Daily Beauty Rituals," 11 Apr. 2019 Early in the morning, generous Jupiter will meet transformative Pluto, electrifying the sky with a load of karmic energy. Aliza Kelly Faragher, Allure, "What September's Taurus Horoscope Means for You," 30 Aug. 2018 The question here is whether or not the Knicks will fill the need of a transformative point guard, or go withe someone with more overall talent and defensive versatility. Sarah Todd,, "NBA mock draft: Mikal Bridges checks all of the Sixers' boxes | Sarah Todd," 20 June 2018 Williams’s show had followed through in putting forward a picture of her thorough-going practice in championing the transformative abilities of fashion to elevate marginalized groups and to demonstrate the value of ethically handmade craft. Sarah Mower, Vogue, "The Duchess of Cornwall Presents the Second Queen Elizabeth II Award for Design to Bethany Williams," 19 Feb. 2019 Both climate change and future AI developments are likely to be transformative forces acting on our world. Kelsey Piper, Vox, "The case for taking AI seriously as a threat to humanity," 21 Dec. 2018 Still, Cohen argues that not working with fans and communities on allowing transformative tributes to exist on sites like YouTube does a disservice to both the artist and community. Julia Alexander, The Verge, "YouTube’s head of music warns that EU’s Article 13 is detrimental to remixes, fan videos," 1 Nov. 2018 The 1990s were a transformative time for country music, with artists like Garth Brooks and Shania Twain blurring the lines between the genre and pop and rock. Taysha Murtaugh, Country Living, "50 Country Songs Everyone Who Grew Up in the ’90s Will Appreciate," 6 Nov. 2018 Grappling with a transformative moment While vague, predicting a year of significant transformation only reflects the climate of uncertainty and possibility that’s settled over the market. Patrick Sisson, Curbed, "The 10 top emerging trends that will shape real estate in 2019," 10 Oct. 2018

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1668, in the meaning defined above

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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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