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ˈsɛm ə nlsem·i·nal

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. seminaladjective

    pertaining to or containing or consisting of semen

    "seminal fluid"

  2. germinal, originative, seminaladjective

    containing seeds of later development

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


  1. Seminaladjective

    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.


  1. seminaladjective

    Of or relating to seed or semen.

  2. seminaladjective

    Creative or having the power to originate.

  3. seminaladjective

    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. Etymology: From seminalis.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Seminaladjective

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

  2. Seminaladjective

    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. Seminalnoun

    a seed

  4. Etymology: [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.]

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  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

Examples of seminal in a Sentence

  1. 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.

  2. Steve Vladeck:

    If critics of Judge Gorsuch were looking for a seminal moment to cement the case against his confirmation, they didn't get it today, of course, those who hope Judge Gorsuch will rule in their favor on particular issues once he's confirmed would have trouble identifying clear showings of support too.

  3. John Thune:

    That was sort of the seminal moment.

  4. Charlie Baker:

    I was criticized actually for saying a few months ago that the Biogen event was a seminal event with respect to corona here in the Commonwealth and I couldn't put a number on it at that point in time, this is no offense to anybody, but at that point in time, nobody was wearing masks, nobody was social distancing, nobody was even behaving with concern about the presence of the virus at all. I mean all rules of the game with respect to that have changed.

  5. Nicholas Pinchuk:

    We are today in a global competition for jobs. And, the best way to make America successful in this environment is to arm our people with the technical capabilities that enable them to win that global contest for prosperity, the upskilling of the American workforce is the seminal issue of our time. We must refocus on technical education, restore our respect for the dignity of work and celebrate technical jobs not as the consolation prize of our society, but as what they really are -- a national calling essential to our ongoing prosperity.

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