Definition of pivotal in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈpivədl/


1Of crucial importance in relation to the development or success of something else: the alliance that played a pivotal role in the revolution
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  • We golfers, on the other hand, enjoy a year-round sport in which the knees play a crucial, if not pivotal, role.
  • Highlighted information helps to emphasise important issues or pivotal points in a developing argument.
  • One of his offseason moves will play a pivotal role in determining his early success.
central, crucial, vital, critical, focal, essential, key, decisive
1.1Fixed on or as if on a pivot: a sliding or pivotal motion

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Syllabification: piv·ot·al

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