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 for pivotal
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Pivotal \Piv"ot*al\, a.
     Of or pertaining to a pivot or turning point; belonging to,
     or constituting, a pivot; of the nature of a pivot; as, the
     pivotalopportunity of a career; the pivotal position in a
     [1913 Webster]

From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

      adj 1: being of crucial importance; "a pivotal event"; "Its
             pivotal location has also exposed it to periodic
             invasions"- Henry Kissinger; "the polar events of this
             study"; "a polar principal" [syn: pivotal, polar]

From Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0 :

  61 Moby Thesaurus words for "pivotal":
     acute, axial, behind the scenes, capital, cardinal, causal,
     causative, centermost, central, centralized, centric, centroidal,
     centrosymmetric, charged, clamorous, climacteric, compelling,
     concentrated, constitutive, critical, crucial, crying, decisive,
     determinative, effectual, emergent, essential, etiological,
     exigent, focal, formative, geocentric, high-pressure,
     high-priority, imperative, imperious, important, insistent,
     instant, institutive, kairotic, key, loaded, middle, middlemost,
     midmost, momentous, occasional, omphalic, originative, overriding,
     overruling, pregnant, pressing, principal, radical, ruling,
     significant, umbilical, urgent, vital

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