noun \ˈjəŋ(k)-chər\

: an important point in a process or activity

: a place where things join

Full Definition of JUNCTURE

a :  joint, connection
b :  the manner of transition or mode of relationship between two consecutive sounds in speech
:  an instance of joining :  junction
:  a point of time; especially :  one made critical by a concurrence of circumstances

Examples of JUNCTURE

  1. Negotiations between the countries reached a critical juncture.
  2. At this juncture it looks like they are going to get a divorce.
  3. the juncture of two rivers

First Known Use of JUNCTURE

14th century

Synonym Discussion of JUNCTURE

juncture, exigency, emergency, contingency, pinch, straits, crisis mean a critical or crucial time or state of affairs. juncture stresses the significant concurrence or convergence of events <an important juncture in our country's history>. exigency stresses the pressure of restrictions or urgency of demands created by a special situation <provide for exigencies>. emergency applies to a sudden unforeseen situation requiring prompt action to avoid disaster <the presence of mind needed to deal with emergencies>. contingency implies an emergency or exigency that is regarded as possible but uncertain of occurrence <contingency plans>. pinch implies urgency or pressure for action to a less intense degree than exigency or emergency <come through in a pinch>. straits applies to a troublesome situation from which escape is extremely difficult <in dire straits>. crisis applies to a juncture whose outcome will make a decisive difference <a crisis of confidence>.

Rhymes with JUNCTURE


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