transformative

adjective trans·for·ma·tive \ tran(t)s-ˈfȯr-mə-tiv \
Updated on: 9 Nov 2017

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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