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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.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Seminaladjective

    Etymology: seminal, French; seminis, Latin.

    Had our senses never presented us with those obvious seminal principles of apparent generations, we should never have suspected that a plant or animal would have proceeded from such unlikely materials. Joseph Glanvill, Sceps.

    Though we cannot prolong the period of a commonwealth beyond the decree of heaven, or the date of its nature, any more than human life beyond the strength of the seminal virtue, yet we may manage a sickly constitution, and preserve a strong one. Jonathan Swift.


  1. seminal

    Seminal refers to work, events, ideas, or pieces that are highly influential, original, and important in a particular field or discipline. It is often used to describe something that leads to significant developments or new thinking.

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.]

Anagrams for seminal »

  1. menials

  2. selamin

  3. malines

  4. salmine

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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. Maina Kiai:

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

  2. John Thune:

    That was sort of the seminal moment.

  3. Keith Richards:

    Stadiums, I love them, especially when the weather's on our side, when God joins the band, it's really nice to play indoors and auditoriums with a controlled environment, but at the same time, it's a different feeling playing outside, especially stadiums ... It's a looser feeling. Pre-sale tickets went on sale Wednesday and general tickets start Monday. The tour also celebrates the June 9 re-release of the Stones' seminal 1971 album.

  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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