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Definition very important and influencing other events or how things develop
  • It was a pivotal event in her life.
pivotal = very important and influencing other events
  • Its pivotal location has also exposed it to periodic invasions
  • pivotal = very important and influencing how things develop
  • She played a pivotal role in getting the legislation passed.
  • pivotal = important
  • Then, in the midst of this idyll, came the first of two pivotal setbacks.
    Jon Krakauer  --  Into the Wild
  • pivotal = important
  • Instead, his innocent mistakes turned out to be pivotal and irreversible, his name became the stuff of tabloid headlines, and his bewildered family was left clutching the shards of a fierce and painful love.
    Jon Krakauer  --  Into the Wild
  • pivotal = important
  • Again he had the feeling his concerns were warranted: this proved that lump on his back was very serious, the results of the operation more pivotal.
    Dave Eggers  --  A Hologram for the King
  • The Chicago Sun-Times is reporting that Jackie just might be the pivotal factor in helping him get reelected in 1964.
    Bill O'Reilly and Martin Dugard  --  Killing Kennedy
  • The New York Times headline mentioned the pivotal base running of Fidel Ruiz.
    W. William Winokur  --  The Perfect Game
  • This was a big deal; a pivotal decision in the case.
    James Patterson  --  Kiss the Girls
  • At last the night of the titanic battle arrived, and I settled by my radio to attend upon the pivotal point of the modern age.
    Russell Baker  --  Growing Up
  • These two actions are of pivotal importance.
    Yann Martel  --  Life of Pi
  • Long ago, he had played the pivotal role in Mal'akh's mortal life path.
    Dan Brown  --  The Lost Symbol
  • Millennia ago, she decreed that we would play pivotal roles in many battles.
    Rick Riordan  --  The Blood of Olympus
  • For the second time in Greg Mortenson's life, a gas station proved pivotal to his involvement with Islam.
    Greg Mortenson & David Oliver Relin  --  Three Cups of Tea
  • This was the pivotal moment in the entire play, and it sets the tone for everything else that happens afterward.
    Nicholas Sparks  --  A Walk to Remember
  • I intuitively knew — and sensed he did, too — that tomorrow would be pivotal.
    Stephenie Meyer  --  Twilight
  • Once uncovered again, she asked the pivotal question.
    Markus Zusak  --  The Book Thief
  • There was no pivotal moment of creative difference, no storming or flouncing out.
    Ian McEwan  --  Atonement
  • This distinction between something and nothing-this pivotal separation between being and nonbeing-is quite fundamental and underlies many Creation myths.
    Neal Stephenson  --  Snow Crash
  • There were many other lessons, though none were quite so pivotal as the Alar.
    Patrick Rothfuss  --  The Name of the Wind

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