- The definition of pivotal is something which is central, vital or very important.
An example of something that would be described as a pivotal decision in your life is the decision to marry your spouse.
pivotal definition by Webster's New World
- of or acting as a pivot
- on which something turns or depends; central, crucial, critical, etc.
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- pivotally adverb
pivotal definition by American Heritage Dictionary
- Of, relating to, or serving as a pivot.
- Being of vital or central importance; crucial: “Its pivotal location has also exposed it to periodic invasions” (Henry A. Kissinger).
- pivˈot·al·ly adverb