transformative

adjective
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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Following her assailant’s arrest, Kruk did some research into transformative justice. Kim Tran, Teen Vogue, "Transformative Justice, Explained," 15 Nov. 2018 Generous Jupiter links up with transformative Pluto on Wednesday, September 19, forming the third and final connection of 2018 (these two planets also bonded on January 15 and April 14). Aliza Kelly Faragher, Allure, "What September's Libra Horoscope Means for You," 30 Aug. 2018 Riding’s effect on Graves was violently transformative, and the extremity of their story energizes Ms. Moorcroft Wilson’s typically matter-of-fact style. David Yezzi, WSJ, "‘Robert Graves’ Review: A Poet of Love and War," 23 Nov. 2018 And yet what’s being cooked up today may prove more transformative in the long run than even the hype-mongers predicted. Holman W. Jenkins, WSJ, "Self-Driving Car Returns to Earth," 30 Nov. 2018 Further Reading Number of potentially habitable planets in our galaxy: Tens of billions Kepler can safely be counted as one of the most transformative missions that NASA has ever sent into space. Eric Berger, Ars Technica, "NASA is about to turn off the Kepler spacecraft, and it will drift away," 30 Oct. 2018 Lyft’s shift comes during an equally transformative moment for micromobility in general. Patrick Sisson, Curbed, "Scooter companies, seeking to shape regulations, hire transit advocates," 17 Oct. 2018 Clinton said when the alliance’s formation was announced, adding that clean stoves could be as transformative as vaccines. Sara Morrison, USA TODAY, "In developing world, an expensive push to reduce cooking fire deaths falls short," 13 July 2018 But as transformative as Netflix's downloads have been these past two years, the streaming giant acknowledges something has been missing. Madeline Buxton, refinery29.com, "This New Netflix Hack Makes Watching Shows Offline Easier Than Ever," 10 July 2018

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1668, in the meaning defined above

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