Definition of transformational in English:


Pronunciation /transfəˈmeɪʃ(ə)n(ə)l//tranzfəˈmeɪʃ(ə)n(ə)l//trɑːnsfəˈmeɪʃ(ə)n(ə)l//trɑːnzfəˈmeɪʃ(ə)n(ə)l/


  • 1Relating to or involving transformation or transformations.

    • ‘Dreamtime spirits are transformational in nature.’
    • ‘I am pleased we have done the work and now got a route to what could bring about a huge transformational project for the whole district.’
    • ‘Other clouds on his horizon are also of his own making, pressing on with unpopular health ‘reforms’ that are more totemic than transformational.’
    • ‘Larger organisations, by contrast, are more often associated with transformational change involving structures, systems, procedures and cultures.’
    • ‘I love their darkness, the transformational aspect of them and the fact that they are always about girls in peril.’
    • ‘The factors behind it relate to a positive culture and transformational leadership.’
    • ‘But I understood in some inexplicable way that when you work not just with your body and mind, but also with your spiritual self, art becomes a transformational experience.’
    • ‘And there are some genuinely transformational attempts, notably in transport, to spend the government's way back into the electorate's affections.’
    • ‘‘I went through a very difficult period in the 1960s, hugely transformational,’ he admits.’
    • ‘‘These will be transformational projects,’ she added.’
    • ‘Bills of Rights are transformational documents that convert the occasional practice of free speech into a lexicon of necessity for journalists, lawyers, academics and citizens.’
    • ‘But it is much more evolutional than transformational - and it is not necessarily the solution for tomorrow's threats.’
    • ‘I prefer to use the term transformational technologies.’
    • ‘It is about transformational leadership and bringing in a different spirit and ethics to management.’
    • ‘Combine this momentum - the momentum from the focus that war gives us, the funding that we're getting from the war, and our transformational effort.’
    • ‘But in reality it has had a transformational effect.’
    • ‘We have a transformational opportunity in this nation.’
    • ‘The film's promo-literature says the children go on a transformational journey - I disagree.’
    • ‘He is an amiable establishmentarian who finds himself with the opportunity to effect transformational change, and who is seizing that opportunity and pushing the system to its limits.’
    1. 1.1 Relating to transformational grammar.
      • ‘He offered an analysis of film structure founded on Chomsky's transformational linguistics but inspired few followers.’