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pivotal
used in Killing Kennedy

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Definition
very important and influencing other events or how things develop
  • The Chicago Sun-Times is reporting that Jackie just might be the pivotal factor in helping him get reelected in 1964.
    p. 253.7
  • The famous entertainers attending the previous night's parties were promised prime seats for this pivotal moment in American history, but owing to the cold and a 100-proof celebration that stretched into the wee small hours, singer Frank Sinatra, actor Peter Lawford, and composer Leonard Bernstein—along with a host of others—opted to sleep late and watch the event on television.
    p. 13.3

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