pivotal Meaning in the Cambridge English Dictionary
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Meaning of “pivotal” in the English Dictionary

"pivotal" in British English

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pivotaladjective

uk   /ˈpɪv.ə.təl/  us   /-t̬əl/
central and ​important: a pivotal ​figure/​role/​idea
(Definition of pivotal from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"pivotal" in American English

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pivotaladjective [not gradable]

 us   /ˈpɪv·ə·t̬əl/
important because other things ​depend on it: She ​played a pivotal ​role in the ​civilrightsmovement.
(Definition of pivotal from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"pivotal" in Business English

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pivotaladjective

uk   us   /ˈpɪvətəl/
if something is pivotal, it is very important because other things depend on it: a pivotal moment/point The speech ​marked a pivotal moment in the World Bank's ​history. Because ​immigrants do ​jobs that many ​people do not want to do, they ​play a pivotal role in the ​economy.
(Definition of pivotal from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
Translations of “pivotal”
in Chinese (Simplified) 关键性的,核心的…
in Turkish önemli ölçüde etkileyen, çok fazla etkisi olan…
in Russian центральный, основной…
in Chinese (Traditional) 關鍵性的,核心的…
in Polish kluczowy…
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