Word of the Day – Pivotal

By January 13, 2021Word of the Day

Pivotal (adj)

piv-ot-al

Of crucial importance in relation to the development or success of something else.

Late Middle English from French, probably from the root of dialect pue ‘tooth of a comb’ and Spanish pu(y)a ‘point’. The verb dates from the mid 19th century.

Example sentences

“He was pivotal in instigating the reaction.”

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