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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

OTHER WORDS FROM seminal

sem·i·nal·i·ty, nounsem·i·nal·ly, adverbin·ter·sem·i·nal, adjectivepre·sem·i·nal, adjective
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How to use seminal in a sentence

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

Derived forms of seminal

seminality, nounseminally, adverb

Word Origin for seminal

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.
The American Heritage® Stedman's Medical Dictionary Copyright © 2002, 2001, 1995 by Houghton Mifflin Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Company.
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