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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Over a 10-year period working for Soul, Ken and Regina Jones’ seminal Los Angeles newspaper, as well as other publications, Talamon chronicled a pivotal and prolific period in black music history.
On a sad note, the late, great Johann Johannsson's seminal score provided Sicario with a magical quality that’s hard to describe.
These events became incredibly culturally significant with performances by seminal artists of the genre like Jerry Lee Lewis.
Kennedy’s voted with the majority in the two seminal gun rights cases of our time.
But as beneficial as the Drew League was for Metu, the seminal experience of the athletic but raw forward’s youth occurred about 8,000 miles from Los Angeles.
Taken in sum, the set provides vital information as to how artists close to this seminal composer interpreted his works.
More recently, firms are obtaining patents for another seminal new technology known as blockchain, which relies on distributed ledgers to create tamper-proof records, and is being used in everything from shipping to finance to food safety.
Mapplethorpe: Featuring a convincing, lived-in performance by Matt Smith, with a solid ensemble cast to boot, this biopic follows the all-too-short, but provocative life of seminal artist Robert Mapplethorpe.
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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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