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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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  • 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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