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
Recent Examples of seminal from the Web
One of her seminal achievements as a counselor, which Obama described, was creation of school-wide college-readiness program.
Here was a movie featuring a predominantly black cast about a seminal moment in American history.
A new documentary will explore the making of Marvin Gaye's seminal 1971 album, What's Going On, Variety reports.
In 1996, Allis and his research group deepened this theory with a seminal discovery.
A seminal paper in the American Economic Review found estimates of income growth in many places that differed from official data by as much as three percentage points annually.
The tone and spirit of that seminal 1967 essay have been internalized, and in many cases downright copied, by countless young writers who came along in her wake.
There's no better or more seminal Mexican restaurant anywhere than Topolobampo, and the city is America's epicenter for avant-garde, molecular cuisine.
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Origin and Etymology of seminal
Middle English, from Latin seminalis, from semin-, semen seed — more at semen
First Known Use: 14th century
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
Medical Definition of seminal
: of, relating to, or consisting of seed or semen seminal discharge
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