pivotal

[ piv-uh-tl ]
/ ˈpɪv ə tl /

adjective

of, relating to, or serving as a pivot.
of vital or critical importance: a pivotal event.

Nearby words

  1. pivot,
  2. pivot bridge,
  3. pivot grammar,
  4. pivot joint,
  5. pivot tooth,
  6. pivoting,
  7. pivotman,
  8. piwakawaka,
  9. pix,
  10. pixel

Origin of pivotal

First recorded in 1835–45; pivot + -al1

Related formspiv·ot·al·ly, adverb

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British Dictionary definitions for pivotal

pivotal

/ (ˈpɪvətəl) /

adjective

of, involving, or acting as a pivot
of crucial importance
Derived Formspivotally, adverb

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Word Origin and History for pivotal

pivotal

adj.

1844, in figurative sense, from pivot (n.) + -al (1).

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