Adjective "pivotal" definition and examples



Definitions and examples


Of crucial importance in relation to the development or success of something else.
  1. 'One of his offseason moves will play a pivotal role in determining his early success.'
  2. 'The point behind today's post is that customer service is pivotal to the success of any business.'
  3. 'We want it to play that pivotal role.'
  4. 'In this situation the role of the Communist Party has become pivotal.'
  5. 'Which is why today's trip to Aberdeen could prove pivotal come the end of the season.'
  6. 'The even more pivotal figure Tony Blair will have to wrestle with is himself.'
  7. 'Nobody does so much, so often in so pivotal a position.'
  8. 'The Rutherford Lab lecture turned out to be a pivotal event in theoretical physics.'
  9. 'Bennett is a potentially pivotal figure in the offense.'
  10. 'He's not cited a single instance in which the Patriot Act has proved pivotal in averting terrorism.'
Fixed on or as if on a pivot.


    1. of, relating to, or serving as a pivot.

    2. of vital or critical importance: a pivotal event.

    More examples(as adjective)

    "positions can be pivotal to outcomes."

    "people can be pivotal in things."

    "troops can be pivotal to interventions."

    "places can be pivotal in/at/on months."

    "places can be pivotal to moves."

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