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pivotal

[ piv-uh-tl ]SEE DEFINITION OF pivotal

Synonyms for pivotal

  • central
  • climactic
  • critical
  • crucial
  • decisive
  • essential
  • momentous
  • vital
  • cardinal
  • determining
  • focal
  • middle
  • overriding
  • overruling
  • principal
  • ruling
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Antonyms for pivotal

  • inessential
  • minor
  • secondary
  • trivial
  • uncritical
  • unimportant
  • inconsequential
  • unsubstantial
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EXAMPLES FROM THE WEB FOR PIVOTAL

Noon at the ship is the pivotal point of the day's work at sea.

Let us picture this pivotal scene of his life and of American history.

It was one of the pivotal points of the war, and is of about medium height.

But I could not discover that the massacre had any influence on the voters in the pivotal states.

There were great builders after, as before, the pivotal year 1400.

They have fixity of purpose, determination, independence, and pivotal stability.

Today the centre position is rightly called the pivotal position.

Two days later was to open the pivotal battle in Middle Tennessee.

Name the first of the six pivotal events recorded in the Acts.

In the Acts there are six pivotal events, on which all the rest of the story turns.

WORD ORIGIN

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

MORE RELATED WORDS FOR PIVOTAL

cardinal

adjectiveimportant, key
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