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seminal

[ sem-uh-nl ]
/ ˈsɛm ə nl /
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adjective

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.

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Origin of seminal

1350–1400; Middle English <Latin sēminālis, equivalent to sēmin- (stem of sēmen) seed, semen + -ālis-al1
sem·i·nal·i·ty, nounsem·i·nal·ly, adverbin·ter·sem·i·nal, adjectivepre·sem·i·nal, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for seminal

seminal
/ (ˈsɛmɪnəl) /

adjective

potentially capable of development
highly original, influential, and important
rudimentary or unformed
of or relating to semenseminal fluid
biology of or relating to seed
seminality, nounseminally, adverb
C14: from Late Latin sēminālis belonging to seed, from Latin sēmen seed
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Medical definitions for seminal

seminal
[ sĕmə-nəl ]

adj.

Of, relating to, containing, or conveying semen or seed.
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