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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


  1. pivotal

    Pivotal refers to something of crucial importance or significance, especially in relation to the development, success, or failure of something. It often denotes a point, factor, or element that plays a major or central role in influencing outcomes or determining results.

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. President Bill Clinton:

    The President isn't going to have to run for office again and wasn't being overly careful with maintaining support in places like Florida, where the Cuban vote is pivotal.

  2. Sana Dabbas:

    There is a pivotal moment in life when you realize who you are and the world around you is no longer what it seems. Your reality has changed forever....

  3. 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.

  4. Goa Kerle:

    I can't really explain how I did it but the truth played a pivotal role.

  5. Mushahid Hussain Sayed:

    Pakistan, for China, is now of pivotal importance. This has to succeed and be seen to succeed.

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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 a

    This course holds a pivotal position in the respective study program
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