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

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Recent Examples on the Web More than the generosity of his monetary gifts -- which were truly transformative -- Mort changed the way Jewish communal professionals and the entire community thought about the Jewish future. cleveland, "Mandel Jewish Day School postpones building dedication after death of Morton Mandel, 98; University Hts. man named top adjunct teacher; more: Press Run," 18 Oct. 2019 The phenomenally fast adoption of such a transformative technology, though, unsettled the public and spurred fears about the safety of the food supply. Patricia Cohen, New York Times, "Roundup Weedkiller Is Blamed for Cancers, but Farmers Say It’s Not Going Away," 20 Sep. 2019 The mere presence of books is not magically transformative. Joe Pinsker, The Atlantic, "Why Do Some People Become Readers?," 19 Sep. 2019 The company and the city aimed for the development to be transformative and to extend the boundaries of Downtown Indianapolis west of the White River south of the Indianapolis Zoo. Alexandria Burris, Indianapolis Star, "Ambrose says the city offered at least $59 million less than what former GM site is worth," 9 Sep. 2019 Others are in denial, characterizing the current rout as just another bump in the road for a transformative technology. Spencer Jakab, WSJ, "Bitcoin Wasn’t a Bubble Until It Was," 14 Dec. 2018 This tight-lipped agency, known as DARPA, has a history of developing some of the most transformative technologies known to man. Eric Bleeker, USA TODAY, "The U.S. government’s “high-tech holy grail”," 9 Apr. 2018 This supports the popular idea that fewer transformative technologies are left to be discovered. The Economist, "Producing ideasEconomists grapple with the future of the labour market," 11 Jan. 2018 Harrison, 30, had a transformative effect on the Lions defense last season after the team acquired him in an October trade with the New York Giants. Dave Birkett, Detroit Free Press, "Detroit Lions: Full details of Damon Harrison's 1-year contract extension," 27 Aug. 2019

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1668, in the meaning defined above

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“Transformative.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 22 November 2019.

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English Language Learners Definition of transformative

formal : 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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