SYNONYMS | EXAMPLES | WORD ORIGIN 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. Origin of seminal 1350–1400; Middle English
-ālis -al 1 Related forms 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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Examples from the Web for seminally Historical Examples of seminally British Dictionary definitions for seminally adjective 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 Derived Forms seminality, noun seminally, adverb Word Origin for seminal
C14: from Late Latin
sēminālis belonging to seed, from Latin sēmen seed
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Word Origin and History for seminally adj.
late 14c., "of seed or semen," from Old French
seminal (14c.) and directly from Latin seminalis, from semen (genitive seminis) "seed" (see semen). Figurative sense of "full of possibilities" is attested from 1630s. Related: Seminally; seminality.
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adj. Of, relating to, containing, or conveying semen or seed.
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