[kuh n-juhngk-cher]


a combination of circumstances; a particular state of affairs.
a critical state of affairs; crisis.
conjunction; joining.

Origin of conjuncture

First recorded in 1595–1605; conjunct + -ure
Related formscon·junc·tur·al, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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?


    Andrew Lang

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


    William Graham Sumner

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


    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



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

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

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