V2 Vocabulary Building Dictionary



Definition: of great importance especially in determining the outcome, progress, or success of something

Synonyms: important, critical, crucial, central, essential, fundamental

Antonyms: minor, insignificant, inessential

Tips: Think of the related noun pivot, which basically means "hinge or center part." Something pivotal is central and that upon which other things hinge.

Usage Examples:

It was a pivotal moment in the baseball game; the bases were loaded with two outs. (crucial)

Abraham Lincoln is a pivotal figure in American history. (important, central)

The war was a pivotal issue during his entire presidency. (central)

I couldn't believe it when he started talking to me during the most pivotal part of the movie. (crucial, critical)

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