Definition of transformational in English:



  • 1Relating to or involving transformation or transformations.

    • ‘We have a transformational opportunity in this nation.’
    • ‘Other clouds on his horizon are also of his own making, pressing on with unpopular health ‘reforms’ that are more totemic than transformational.’
    • ‘I love their darkness, the transformational aspect of them and the fact that they are always about girls in peril.’
    • ‘Dreamtime spirits are transformational in nature.’
    • ‘‘These will be transformational projects,’ she added.’
    • ‘‘I went through a very difficult period in the 1960s, hugely transformational,’ he admits.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Larger organisations, by contrast, are more often associated with transformational change involving structures, systems, procedures and cultures.’
    • ‘But it is much more evolutional than transformational - and it is not necessarily the solution for tomorrow's threats.’
    • ‘But in reality it has had a transformational effect.’
    • ‘And there are some genuinely transformational attempts, notably in transport, to spend the government's way back into the electorate's affections.’
    • ‘I prefer to use the term transformational technologies.’
    • ‘It is about transformational leadership and bringing in a different spirit and ethics to management.’
    • ‘The film's promo-literature says the children go on a transformational journey - I disagree.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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. 1.1Relating to transformational grammar.
      • ‘He offered an analysis of film structure founded on Chomsky's transformational linguistics but inspired few followers.’