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

Examples of transformative in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web But the big alteration, the remote control, was transformative. David Phelan, Forbes, 26 Dec. 2021 Viola Davis gave a transformative performance, thanks in large part to the work of Sergio Lopez-Rivera, Mia Neal and Jamika Wilson. Ben Flanagan |, al, 23 Apr. 2021 This creates a level of confidence and brand presence that could be transformative for them. Hessie Jones, Forbes, 4 Jan. 2022 Beyond making a difference in the lives of Alabama women, 2021 was transformative for Bridgeforth, too. Roy S. Johnson |, al, 16 Dec. 2021 With a new perspective the answer to some quintessential questions can be transformative: What works for our team, and what doesn’t? Sarah Kate Ellis, Fortune, 15 Dec. 2021 His decision to stay in Japan was transformative, both for himself and for Nintendo. New York Times, 13 Dec. 2021 Bordering secular New York, Crown Heights is transformative during the holidays. Liana Satenstein, Vogue, 1 Dec. 2021 For the 89 residents of the Social Assistance Center of Runa, vaccination had been transformative. Chico Harlan And Mia Alberti, Anchorage Daily News, 1 Oct. 2021

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First Known Use of transformative

1668, in the meaning defined above

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21 Jan 2022

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“Transformative.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 22 Jan. 2022.

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English Language Learners Definition of transformative

: 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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