American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- adj. Of, relating to, or serving as a pivot.
- adj. Being of vital or central importance; crucial: "Its pivotal location has also exposed it to periodic invasions” ( Henry A. Kissinger).
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Of the nature of or forming a pivot; belonging to or constituting a pivot, or that upon which something turns or depends: as, a pivotal question; a pivotal State in an election.
GNU Webster's 1913
- adj. Of or pertaining to a pivot or turning point; belonging to, or constituting, a pivot; of the nature of a pivot
- adj. being of crucial importance
“SNOW (voice-over): Senator Joseph Lieberman thanked Hispanic clergymen for endorsing him in what he called a pivotal moment of his difficult campaign.”
“MARY SNOW, CNN CORRESPONDENT (voice-over): Senator Joseph Lieberman thanked Hispanic clergymen for endorsing him in what he called a pivotal moment in his difficult campaign.”
“Bob Sloan, a hedge fund risk management adviser at S3 Partners, said he was riveted by the television all day to watch what he described as a pivotal point for Wall Street.”
“Yet Professor Ali Mazrui's argument that if Africa is to jumpstart its pan African integration then some countries which he calls pivotal or development states should serve as a magnet for their neighbours is still relevant.”
“By building strong statewide organizations, and by enacting popular policies that boost their party's image, governors can help their party's presidential candidate immeasurably, especially in pivotal swing states such as Ohio, Pennsylvania, Colorado and Florida.”
“Democrats risk losing a dozen governors 'chairs they now hold, including those in pivotal presidential states such as Ohio, Pennsylvania, Michigan, Iowa, Wisconsin, Maine and New Mexico.”
“The director emphasizes, We want the audience to experience certain pivotal moments through the eyes of the characters.”
“At certain pivotal points during the book, Lussier uses a method of relaying the historical knowledge of a specific event, and then revealing the actual circumstances that took place.”
“The characters certainly are not charming nor are they in pivotal roles and some are exceedingly odd (e.g. Dave #8) but at least they are characters and not the cardboard, good/bad stereotypes that weigh down a lot of SF.”
“Although it hardly made up for two crucial bad calls in pivotal games of this and another playoff series, tonight's officiating crew actually did an excellent job.”
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