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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
Recent Examples of juncture from the Web
Those dark hours of inconceivable inaction are the defining juncture for the last surviving Kennedy brother.
Strasburg had 94 strikeouts (10 walks) at this juncture.
Bolton’s arrival comes at a critical juncture for the presidency.
At a critical juncture when the walls were closing in, Timothée spent a couple hours with one of his personal gods, Kid Cudi.
The kind and very pregnant wife does not need to be told that her husband is cheating with an employee at this juncture.
Gracia lamented the penalty miss at what was a crucial juncture in the game.
The men's team still looks too light on paper at this juncture to challenge for a team title, but that view could change when action begins outdoors.
At this juncture, the Colts’ starter at inside linebacker is Antonio Morrison, who often takes poor tackling lanes and can be exposed for his lack of speed.
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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
moment of truth, point of no return;
Synonym Discussion of juncture
- an important juncture in our country's history
- provide for exigencies
- the presence of mind needed to deal with emergencies
- contingency plans
- come through in a pinch
- in dire straits
- a crisis of confidence
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
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