junc·​ture | \ ˈjəŋ(k)-chər How to pronounce juncture (audio) \

Definition of juncture

1 : a point of time at this juncture especially : one made critical by a concurrence of circumstances
b : the manner of transition or mode of relationship between two consecutive sounds in speech
3 : an instance of joining : junction

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juncture, exigency, emergency, contingency, pinch, strait (or 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 strait, now commonly 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

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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.

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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
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There are plenty of upside options at running back and wide receiver that will have a much bigger impact on your fantasy team than a top-tier kicker will at this juncture of the draft. Kevin Hanson, SI.com, "Fantasy Football: AFC West Divisional Preview; Sleepers, Breakouts, More," 22 Aug. 2019 The unfortunate dispute with our financial partner and the resulting legal proceedings set us off course at a critical juncture, throwing a wrench in our plans and forcing us to find an alternate venue to Watkins Glen. Brianne Tracy, PEOPLE.com, "Woodstock 50 Officially Canceled as Concert Co-Founder Blames 'Unforeseen Setbacks'," 31 July 2019 Even at that early juncture, the team seemed uncommonly uptight about its slow start. Kyle Newman, The Denver Post, "Newman vs Kiz: What’s the No. 1 reason for the Rockies’ rough season?," 22 July 2019 At that juncture, Charlotte’s best bet would have likely been standing pat and going forward full force with a youth movement. Rohan Nadkarni, SI.com, "Hornets Hit Panic Button in Acquiring Terry Rozier From Celtics," 30 June 2019 But last year, the first two cases to reach that critical juncture — against Microsoft Corp. and Twitter Inc. — failed to advance as class actions. Peter Blumberg, latimes.com, "Oracle women fight for class-action status in gender pay lawsuit," 21 June 2019 Johnson takes office at one of the most critical junctures in British politics in post-World War II history. Saphora Smith, NBC News, "Boris Johnson set to assume office as Britain's 77th prime minister," 24 July 2019 Although Zaidi mostly has a free hand to shape the team, Baer will continue to have a voice in decisions involving on-field personnel at a critical juncture. Henry Schulman, SFChronicle.com, "Larry Baer is ‘truly sorry’ and coming back to the Giants. What’s waiting for him?," 29 June 2019 Staring down the street bearing his name, a statue of Abraham Lincoln — perched on a podium and holding his stovepipe hat — watches over the juncture. Griffin Jackson, chicagotribune.com, "Have global tastes but want a hometown feel? Consider Lincoln Square living," 24 Aug. 2017

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First Known Use of juncture

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 2a

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English Language Learners Definition of juncture

: an important point in a process or activity
: a place where things join


junc·​ture | \ ˈjəŋk-chər How to pronounce juncture (audio) \

Kids Definition of juncture

: an important or particular point or stage in a process or activity

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