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Examples of juncture in a sentence
Negotiations between the countries reached a critical juncture.
At this juncture it looks like they are going to get a divorce.
the juncture of two rivers
Did You Know?
Juncture has many relatives in English - and some of them are easy to spot, whereas others are not so obvious. Juncture derives from the Latin verb jungere (to join), which gave us not only join and junction but also conjugal (relating to marriage) and junta (a group of persons controlling a government). Jungere also has distant etymological connections to joust, jugular, juxtapose, yoga and yoke. The use of juncture in English dates back to the 14th century. Originally, the word meant "a place where two or more things are joined," but by the 17th century it could also be used of an important point in time or of a stage in a process or activity.
First Known Use of juncture
Synonym Discussion of juncture
JUNCTURE Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of juncture for English Language Learners
: an important point in a process or activity
: a place where things join
JUNCTURE Defined for Kids
Definition of juncture for Students
: an important or particular point or stage in a process or activity
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