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.
- sem·i·nal·i·ty, noun
- sem·i·nal·ly, adverb
- in·ter·sem·i·nal, adjective
- pre·sem·i·nal, adjective
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How to use seminal in a sentence
The fall of 2014 proves a powerfully seminal time for Wolfe.‘Catastrophist’ offers lessons from a pre-COVID plague | Patrick Folliard | February 5, 2021 | Washington Blade
In one seminal study, a team from Stanford used lasers to measure brain activity from two people playing a collaboration game side by side.How Does Social Interaction Change Our Brains? Hyperscans Can Show Us | Shelly Fan | December 8, 2020 | Singularity Hub
It turned out to be a seminal moment, not only for Fortune, but for the development of stakeholder capitalism.
For those like Wedbush Securities’s Dan Ives, the big earnings beats are “another seminal moment in this cloud transformation underway and put more fuel into this rally in cyber security names across the board,” Ives wrote in a note Thursday.On cloud nine: Why these cloud security stocks are soaring | Anne Sraders | December 3, 2020 | Fortune
It represents a seminal moment in the history of the internet.Dfinity’s valuation soars to $9.5Bn after revealing its governance system and token economics | Mike Butcher | September 30, 2020 | TechCrunch
In the long sweep of LGBT equality, it could have stood as a seminal moment.
I had some real seminal experiences in [California] … I was a weird kid and it was a weird place and it just fit.
Capital in the Twenty-First Century is already being hailed as a seminal work of economic thought, and with very good reason.
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 | Jack Schwartz | December 21, 2013 | THE DAILY BEAST
[the seminal pulp crime magazine which first published Hammett].
Without her aid, this seminal principle of mischief, this root of Upas, could not have been planted.Select Speeches of Daniel Webster | Daniel Webster
Thereupon his anxiety became extreme, and simultaneously he experienced his first seminal emission.
On one occasion, however, he had a seminal emission during the night in association with a feeling of anxiety.
In his seminal dreams, the image of the rose always played a leading part.
We may also, in this connexion, think of the seminal emissions sometimes observed in cases of suicidal hanging.
British Dictionary definitions for seminal
potentially capable of development
highly original, influential, and important
rudimentary or unformed
of or relating to semen: seminal fluid
biology of or relating to seed
- seminality, noun
- seminally, adverb
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