trans·​for·​ma·​tive | \tran(t)s-ˈfȯr-mə-tiv \

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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These changes would be transformative, not just for kids and families, but also for people with disabilities and our swiftly growing population of older adults. Alissa Walker, Curbed, "Safe streets are the best tool we have to combat climate change," 10 Oct. 2018 Scorpio season begins on Tuesday, October 23, and the next few weeks will certainly be transformative. Aliza Kelly Faragher, Allure, "What October's Taurus Horoscope Means for You," 30 Sep. 2018 Here, Teachey shares her go-to combos to turn your tub into a truly transformative experience. 1. Allison Young, Good Housekeeping, "The Best Essential Oils to Add to Your Bath Routine — And How to Do It Safely," 20 Sep. 2018 That’s not to say Stewart doesn’t plan to use his platform to assist in transformative change. Mariecar Mendoza, San Francisco Chronicle, "Jon Stewart sounds off on state of the union at Clusterfest," 3 June 2018 But in Seattle, Knox should be remembered as a towering figure of transformative power. Larry Stone, The Seattle Times, "Seahawks needed Hard Knox to taste first success," 13 May 2018 Johnson's case for Canton is strong as the NFL's all-time leader in single-season receiving yards (1,964) and one of the most transformative players of his generation. Dave Birkett, Detroit Free Press, "Calvin Johnson was unsure how to tell Detroit Lions he was retiring," 2 June 2018 Herbst has been known as a dynamic president, leading the university during a period of transformative change during which the University underwent expansive construction, climbed in its national rankings, and attracted higher caliber students. Kathleen Megan,, "UConn President Susan Herbst To Step Down In 2019," 21 May 2018 Here, some of her best and most transformative looks of all time. Jenna Rennert, Vogue, "Cardi B's 17 Best Hair Transformations: From Choppy Bobs to Waist-Grazing Waves," 16 Apr. 2018

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