Definitions for seminalˈsɛm ə nl

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. seminal(adj)

    pertaining to or containing or consisting of semen

    "seminal fluid"

  2. germinal, originative, seminal(adj)

    containing seeds of later development

    "seminal ideas of one discipline can influence the growth of another"

GCIDE

  1. Seminal(a.)

    Hence: Holding the first place in a series of developed results or consequents; serving as a source, or first principle; giving rise to related ideas or results; germinal; radical; primary; original; as, seminal principles of generation; seminal virtue; a seminal discovery.

  2. Origin: [L. seminalis, fr. semen, seminis, seed, akin to serere to sow: cf. F. seminal. See Sow to scatter seed.]

Wiktionary

  1. seminal(Adjective)

    Of or relating to seed or semen.

  2. seminal(Adjective)

    Creative or having the power to originate.

  3. seminal(Adjective)

    Highly influential, especially in some original way, and providing a basis for future development or research.

    "The Structure of Scientific Revolutions" was a seminal work in the modern philosophy of science.

  4. Origin: From seminalis.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Seminal(adj)

    pertaining to, containing, or consisting of, seed or semen; as, the seminal fluid

  2. Seminal(adj)

    contained in seed; holding the relation of seed, source, or first principle; holding the first place in a series of developed results or consequents; germinal; radical; primary; original; as, seminal principles of generation; seminal virtue

  3. Seminal(noun)

    a seed

  4. Origin: [L. seminalis, fr. semen, seminis, seed, akin to serere to sow: cf. F. seminal. See Sow to scatter seed.]

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Seminal

    sem′in-al, adj. pertaining to seed: radical: rudimentary.—n. (obs.) a seed.—n. Seminal′ity, the germinating principle.—v.t. Sem′ināte, to sow: to propagate: to disseminate.—n. Seminā′tion, act of sowing: natural dispersion of seed: propagation.—adjs. Seminif′erous, seed-bearing: producing seed; Seminif′ic, producing seed.—ns. Seminificā′tion; Sem′inist, one who holds that the admixture of the male and female seed originates the new individual. [L. semen, seminis, seed—serĕre, to sow.]

Numerology

  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of seminal in Chaldean Numerology is: 4

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of seminal in Pythagorean Numerology is: 1

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

  1. John Thune:

    That was sort of the seminal moment.

  2. Maina Kiai:

    This seminal judgment by the Botswana High Court... reaffirms that everyone is entitled to the fundamental right to peacefully assemble and associate.

  3. Greg Kinnear:

    Laws have changed in the last 25 years in a huge way and you would really look at his case as a seminal case that brought it into the consciousness of most Americans.

  4. Ted Cruz:

    It is not complicated that on the seminal fight over amnesty in Congress, the Gang of Eight bill -- that was the brain child of Chuck Schumer and Barack Obama, would have granted amnesty to 12 million people here illegally -- that I stood with the American people and led the fight to defeat it in the United States Congress.

  5. Joe Votel:

    That is the seminal event that caused us to really focus on developing the capabilities, developing the organizations, developing the command control structure and developing an organization that was focused on conducting missions of great importance to our nation, we recognized that we could not allow ourselves, allow our country, to fall into that situation again.

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