›if something is pivotal, it is very important because other things depend on it: a pivotal moment/pointThe speech marked a pivotal moment in the World Bank's history.Because immigrants do jobs that many people do not want to do, they playa pivotal role in the economy.
Byronic, Orwellian and Darwinian: adjectives from names.
by Liz Walter,
April 15, 2015
Becoming an adjective is a strange kind of memorial, but it is often a sign of a person having had real influence on the world. Science is full of examples, from Hippocrates, the Greek medic born around 460 BC, who gave his name to the Hippocratic Oath still used by doctors today,