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1Of crucial importance in relation to the development or success of something else.‘Japan's pivotal role in the world economy’
central, crucial, vital, critical, focal, essential, key, significant, important, determining, decisive, decidingView synonyms
- ‘The point behind today's post is that customer service is pivotal to the success of any business.’
- ‘We want it to play that pivotal role.’
- ‘We golfers, on the other hand, enjoy a year-round sport in which the knees play a crucial, if not pivotal, role.’
- ‘Which is why today's trip to Aberdeen could prove pivotal come the end of the season.’
- ‘Before retiring in 1990, he was at the forefront of some of file most pivotal moments in American history.’
- ‘Bennett is a potentially pivotal figure in the offense.’
- ‘The heroic performance of Ben and his twin brother Jerry was absolutely pivotal to that success.’
- ‘Highlighted information helps to emphasise important issues or pivotal points in a developing argument.’
- ‘Both men were pivotal figures in the golden age of the Hollywood studio system.’
- ‘The even more pivotal figure Tony Blair will have to wrestle with is himself.’
- ‘The Rutherford Lab lecture turned out to be a pivotal event in theoretical physics.’
- ‘He's not cited a single instance in which the Patriot Act has proved pivotal in averting terrorism.’
- ‘The home-field advantage has proved pivotal in at least one direct match-up.’
- ‘Researchers claim the findings could be pivotal in developing anti-bullying strategies in Scottish schools.’
- ‘Nobody does so much, so often in so pivotal a position.’
- ‘She had a pivotal scene the next day and he wanted her well rested.’
- ‘The work of Russell Bishop on the role of the teacher is absolutely pivotal.’
- ‘The media play a pivotal role in shaping American perceptions of events in Korea.’
- ‘In this situation the role of the Communist Party has become pivotal.’
- ‘One of his offseason moves will play a pivotal role in determining his early success.’
2Fixed on or as if on a pivot.‘a sliding or pivotal motion’
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