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conjuncture

[kuh n-juhngk-cher]
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noun
  1. a combination of circumstances; a particular state of affairs.
  2. a critical state of affairs; crisis.
  3. conjunction; joining.
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Origin of conjuncture

First recorded in 1595–1605; conjunct + -ure
Related formscon·junc·tur·al, adjective
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Related Words for conjuncture

elbow, seam, affair, crisis, ceremony, story, thing, holiday, development, business, circumstance, incident, situation, celebration, case, accident, episode, appearance, experience, matter

Examples from the Web for conjuncture

Contemporary Examples of conjuncture

Historical Examples of conjuncture

  • But Mrs Mackenzie was by no means so proud at the present conjuncture of affairs.

    Miss Mackenzie

    Anthony Trollope

  • At this conjuncture of affairs, who but is reminded of the youth and the education of Gargantua?

    Oxford

    Andrew Lang

  • He did not perceive that society was in a conjuncture of decline.

    Folkways

    William Graham Sumner

  • My crew (as always in that conjuncture) put up their awning and struck work.

    Appearances

    Goldsworthy Lowes Dickinson

  • But I think it, at this conjuncture, my duty to declare that I will give no pledges.


British Dictionary definitions for conjuncture

conjuncture

noun
  1. a combination of events, esp a critical one
  2. rare a union; conjunction
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Derived Formsconjunctural, adjective
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Word Origin and History for conjuncture

n.

c.1600, from French conjoncture (16c.), from Modern Latin *conjunctura, from Latin coniunctus (see conjunct).

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