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  1. a point of time, especially one made critical or important by a concurrence of circumstances: At this juncture, we must decide whether to stay or to walk out.
  2. a serious state of affairs; crisis: The matter has reached a juncture and a decision must be made.
  3. the line or point at which two bodies are joined; joint or articulation; seam.
  4. the act of joining.
  5. the state of being joined.
  6. something by which two things are joined.
  7. Phonetics.
    1. a pause or other phonological feature or modification of a feature, as the lengthening of a preceding phoneme or the strengthening of a following one, marking a transition or break between sounds, especially marking the phonological boundary of a word, clause, or sentence: it is present in such words as night-rate and re-seed and absent in such words as nitrate and recede.Compare close juncture, open juncture, terminal juncture.
    2. the point in a word or group of words at which such a pause or other junctural marker occurs.

Origin of juncture

1350–1400; Middle English < Latin junctūra, equivalent to junct(us) (see junction) + -ūra -ure
Can be confusedjunction juncture (see synonym study at junction)

Synonyms for juncture

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1, 3. See junction.
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Contemporary Examples of junctures

  • It could have been defused and de-escalated at any number of junctures.

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  • He defers to the law at all junctures, just as Emmett King used to when he read to his family from the Iowa code books.

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Historical Examples of junctures

  • Only the solid small triangles at junctures and ends seem to be lacking.

    Mohave Pottery

    Alfred L. Kroeber

  • These junctures are so slight that they break readily when a specimen of a gill is handled, leaving the filaments free.

    The Sea-beach at Ebb-tide

    Augusta Foote Arnold

  • The junctures are so arranged that the alternate ones come together at one side.

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    Thomas M. (Thomas Matthew) St. John

  • In the formation of junctures or adhesions nature proceeds from beneath to above.

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    W. H. Davenport Adams

  • In certain instances where junctures arose, it is doubtful that any other could have met them with equal efficiency.

British Dictionary definitions for junctures


  1. a point in time, esp a critical one (often in the phrase at this juncture)
  2. linguistics
    1. a pause in speech or a feature of pronunciation that introduces, accompanies, or replaces a pause
    2. the set of phonological features signalling a division between words, such as those that distinguish a name from an aim
  3. a less common word for junction
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Word Origin and History for junctures



late 14c., "place where two things are joined," from Latin iunctura "a joining, uniting, a joint," from iunctus, past participle of iungere "to join" (see jugular). Sense of "point in time" first recorded 1650s, probably from astrology.

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junctures in Medicine


  1. The point, line, or surface of union of two parts.
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Idioms and Phrases with junctures


see at this point (juncture).

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