Examples of seminal in a Sentence
- Kandel was awarded the Nobel Prize in medicine in 2000 for his seminal observation that it was in the action of the synapses between cells that memory existed, not in the cells themselves, and that a molecule called cyclic AMP was what allowed cells to retain memory over the long term. —Michael Greenberg, New York Review of Books, 4 Dec. 2008
- Writer Susan Sontag died December 28 at age 71 after a long battle with cancer. She left behind an impressive body of fiction and criticism, including her seminal 1960s essays "Notes on Camp" and "Against Interpretation." —Allan Gurganus, Advocate, 1 Feb. 2005
- I wonder if the curators who organized "Matisse Picasso" ever asked themselves why it was that Alfred H. Barr Jr., the first director of the Museum of Modern Art and the guiding spirit behind the museum's seminal exhibitions of both Picasso and Matisse, never mounted a show like the one that has now arrived at MoMA QNS. Such an exhibition might seem to be logical, almost inevitable for the Museum of Modern Art. —Jed Perl, New Republic, 3 Mar. 2003
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The Kavli Prize has been honoring scientists for their seminal research in astrophysics, nanoscience and neuroscience since 2008.
In chapter 25 of his seminal treatise on power and statesmanship, The Prince, Niccolo Machiavelli lays out a philosophical conundrum.
In death, Webster has become one of the seminal figures in the history of the NFL.
Bannister had just become the first runner to break the mythical 4-minute barrier in the mile -- a feat of speed and endurance that stands as one of the seminal sporting achievements of the 20th century.
Frank Martinez, who lived in Natchitoches, LA, died before Keith was born, in 1963, a seminal year in the evolution of civil rights in this nation.
Those seminal moments in life where you were rejected, flattened, humiliated—the moments that seem to lay the groundwork for insecurities to come.
That any movie would have a less-hot Chris than the not-seminal and not-at-all classic Just My Luck, starring Chris Pine?
In a seminal 2009 study in Pediatrics, for example, Greenberg's colleague Michael Cotten showed that each additional day of antibiotics significantly increased the odds that a preemie would develop necrotizing enterocolitis or die.
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SEMINAL Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of seminal for English Language Learners
: having a strong influence on ideas, works, events, etc., that come later : very important and influential
medical : of or containing semen
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