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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
Defense lawyers routinely ask judges to dismiss charges after the prosecution rests, but the judges rarely do so at that juncture.
The Royals arrived at that juncture because Maurer had allowed back-to-back singles to place runners on the corners with one out in the ninth inning and bring up Evan Gattis, whose 24 RBIs in June lead baseball.
The frustration has been in being unable to get out of the round of 16, with six straight losses at that juncture.
Whoever is elected will lead Colombia at a crucial juncture.
Stanton’s second goal came at a crucial juncture late in the second quarter, Salisbury fresh off three straight goals to cut its deficit to 4-3.
At this juncture, Virginia (aka the 12-inch fashion doll) and Dean are the most stable couple of the crew.
Heading into Monday’s round of 16 clash with Brazil, Mexico has departed at this juncture six times in a row, finding various methods of malady and misfortune but with always the same result.
Ellison saw Kirk as a man who, at a critical juncture, couldn’t let the love of his life die to save the universe.
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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.
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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