seminal

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Etymology[edit]

From Old French seminal, from Latin sēminālis.

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seminal (comparative more seminal, superlative most seminal)

  1. Of or relating to seed or semen.
  2. Creative or having the power to originate.
  3. Highly influential, especially in some original way, and providing a basis for future development or research.
    • Hare
      The idea of God is, beyond all question or comparison, the one great seminal principle.
    "The Structure of Scientific Revolutions" was a seminal work in the modern philosophy of science.
    • 2000, Walter Nicholson, Intermediate microeconomics and its application:
      For a seminal contribution to the economics of fertility, ....

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Noun[edit]

seminal (plural seminals)

  1. (obsolete) A seed.
    • Sir Thomas Browne
      the seminals of spiders and scorpions

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