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ˈpɪv ə tlpiv·otal

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. pivotal, polaradjective

    being of crucial importance

    "a pivotal event"; "Its pivotal location has also exposed it to periodic invasions"- Henry Kissinger; "the polar events of this study"; "a polar principal"


  1. pivotaladjective

    of, relating to, or being a pivot

  2. pivotaladjective

    being of crucial importance; central, key

Webster Dictionary

  1. Pivotaladjective

    of or pertaining to a pivot or turning point; belonging to, or constituting, a pivot; of the nature of a pivot; as, the pivotalopportunity of a career; the pivotal position in a battle


  1. Pivotal

    Pivotal is building a new platform for a new era, setting the standard for Enterprise Platform- as-a-Service (PaaS). The company's mission is to enable customers to build a new class of applications, leveraging big and fast data, doing all of this with the power of cloud independence.Uniting selected technology, people and programs from EMC and VMware, the following products and services are now part of Pivotal: Greenplum®, Cloud Foundry, Spring, Cetas, Pivotal Labs®, GemFire® and other products from the VMware vFabricTM Suite.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of pivotal in Chaldean Numerology is: 3

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of pivotal in Pythagorean Numerology is: 5

Examples of pivotal in a Sentence

  1. Fawaz Gerges:

    It's a good day for diplomacy, it's a good day for compromise, it's a good day for a new beginning between Iran -- a pivotal state in the Middle East -- and the United States.

  2. Alex Crisses:

    Wishabi has pioneered a pivotal shift in how retail circulars are distributed and read online, and on mobile devices

  3. Allyson Felix:

    Its the power of the collective, alysia speaking, Kara speaking, the womens soccer team. Its just such a pivotal time right now in womens sports, and were seeing change happen.

  4. Unifor National President Jerry Dias:

    I'm elated, it came right down to the wire, (Leitch) found a way to make sure the corporation knew that there had to be a negotiated settlement, and her strong statements in that regard were pivotal.

  5. Fawaz Gerges:

    There is a new relationship based on a new understanding of Iran’s pivotal role in the region – that Iran is here to stay.

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  • محوريArabic
  • Dreh, Kardinal, zentral, Schlüssel, entscheidend, ausschlaggebend, Angel, ZapfenGerman
  • κεντρικόςGreek
  • esencial, crucialSpanish
  • keskeinen, ratkaisevaFinnish
  • central, essentiel, déterminant, crucialFrench
  • केंद्रीयHindi
  • առանցքայինArmenian
  • cruciale, fondamentale, centraleItalian
  • doorslaggevend, cruciaalDutch
  • fundamentalPortuguese
  • huvudsaklig, väsentlig, avgörande, nyckel-, pivå-, centralSwedish
  • اہمUrdu
  • 關鍵的Chinese

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  • uzma_o
    can pivotal be used with position such as This course holds a pivotal position in the respective study program
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any of a class of organic compounds containing the cyano radical -CN
  • A. concoction
  • B. abandon
  • C. sweep
  • D. nitrile

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