- pertaining to, containing, or consisting of semen.
- Botany. of or relating to seed.
- having possibilities of future development.
- highly original and influencing the development of future events: a seminal artist; seminal ideas.
Origin of seminal
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Examples from the Web for seminal
In the long sweep of LGBT equality, it could have stood as a seminal moment.Is Gay Marriage Going Away in 2016?
December 4, 2014
Capital in the Twenty-First Century is already being hailed as a seminal work of economic thought, and with very good reason.This Week’s Hot Reads: April 21, 2014
April 22, 2014
His Seven Pillars of Wisdom is one of the seminal war memoirs of this or any time.Lawrence of Arabia Became Popular as the Dashing Antithesis of the War in Europe
December 21, 2013
[the seminal pulp crime magazine which first published Hammett].The Man With Stories to Tell
December 8, 2013
As a college student, I remember reading his seminal book, The Selfish Gene, with an equal measure of acceptance and despair.Richard Dawkins May Be a Christian in Disguise, Even to Himself
November 3, 2013
This, like the others, is a sub-variety, and probably but a seminal variation.The Field and Garden Vegetables of America
Seminal dreams were accompanied by the idea of contact with a woman.The Sexual Life of the Child
Even the seminal powers bear the impress of this universality.
The soul and the (seminal) reasons therefore possess no extension.
It might be objected that the (seminal) reasons might suffice.
- potentially capable of development
- highly original, influential, and important
- rudimentary or unformed
- of or relating to semenseminal fluid
- biology of or relating to seed
Word Origin and History for seminal
late 14c., "of seed or semen," from Old French seminal (14c.) and directly from Latin seminalis, from semen (genitive seminis) "seed" (see semen). Figurative sense of "full of possibilities" is attested from 1630s. Related: Seminally; seminality.
- Of, relating to, containing, or conveying semen or seed.