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Wordnet 3.0


1. being of crucial importance;
- Example: "a pivotal event"
- Example: "Its pivotal location has also exposed it to periodic invasions"- Henry Kissinger
- Example: "the polar events of this study"
- Example: "a polar principal"
[syn: pivotal, polar]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Pivotal \Piv"ot*al\, a. Of or pertaining to a pivot or turning point; belonging to, or constituting, a pivot; of the nature of a pivot; as, the pivotalopportunity of a career; the pivotal position in a battle. [1913 Webster]
WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006):

pivotal adj 1: being of crucial importance; "a pivotal event"; "Its pivotal location has also exposed it to periodic invasions"- Henry Kissinger; "the polar events of this study"; "a polar principal" [syn: pivotal, polar]
Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0:

61 Moby Thesaurus words for "pivotal": acute, axial, behind the scenes, capital, cardinal, causal, causative, centermost, central, centralized, centric, centroidal, centrosymmetric, charged, clamorous, climacteric, compelling, concentrated, constitutive, critical, crucial, crying, decisive, determinative, effectual, emergent, essential, etiological, exigent, focal, formative, geocentric, high-pressure, high-priority, imperative, imperious, important, insistent, instant, institutive, kairotic, key, loaded, middle, middlemost, midmost, momentous, occasional, omphalic, originative, overriding, overruling, pregnant, pressing, principal, radical, ruling, significant, umbilical, urgent, vital