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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Well, any Supreme Court confirmation is transformative. Fox News, "John Bolton previews the Trump-Putin summit; Leonard Leo on frontrunners to replace Justice Kennedy," 1 July 2018 Addressing these issues with a vet’s help can be transformative for allergic humans, too. Change air conditioning filters. Dr. Patty Khuly, miamiherald, "Allergic to your furry friends? Here are tips to help manage pet allergies," 31 May 2018 Though temporary, that perspective was transformative. Gareth Cook, Scientific American, "The Science of Altering Consciousness," 15 May 2018 In San Diego, the general manager positioned the Chargers to draft transformative linebacker Junior Seau and trade for Super Bowl-leading quarterback Stan Humphries. Bryce Miller,, "Former Chargers GM Bobby Beathard could be most special NFL Hall inductee of all," 13 July 2018 Or perhaps especially not Sumner, for the Till trial proved to be a transformative event for Herbers and the nation alike. Joseph Crespino, WSJ, "‘Deep South Dispatch’ Review: Witness to the Persecution," 10 July 2018 Which is to say, if a witch were brewing a transformative potion that would turn anyone into the ideal Bachelorette contestant, the brew would produce Jason, Blake, Colton, and Garrett. Rebecca Farley,, "The Bachelorette Season 14, Episode 7 Recap: Becca Picks A Supreme Court Nominee," 10 July 2018 Access to the transformative powers of water, not the availability of plots of land, proved a far more valuable commodity. Johnforristerross, Longreads, "Taming the Great American Desert," 2 July 2018 In the end, the top priority remains finding a transformative player to build around while also being smart about the future. Manny Navarro, miamiherald, "Has Pat Riley's approach with the Heat changed now that LeBron is headed out west?," 2 July 2018

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1668, in the meaning defined above

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