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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That was a seminal piece in my waking up to the role of government in individual lives.
Barney helped her chose new images and rework originals for the August reprint of her seminal book, Iowa, by University of Texas Press.
Seminal acts like California band T.S.O.L. will attract aging punks, while head-bangers will mosh to metal bands including Hatebreed.
Plett is the author of the seminal work A Safe Girl to Love, which spotlights the lives of trans women.
That year, in a seminal issue of The Baffler, the editor Thomas Frank’s essay ‘‘Alternative to What?’’ issued something of a state of the alt-union, pledging a long fight: ‘
Touting a much different style, the singers in The Spaniels Forever will salute a seminal rhythm-and-blues vocal group at 5:15 p.m. July 2.
Here is a look at what lies ahead: FESTERING CONFLICT This month marked the 50th anniversary of the 1967 Mideast war — a seminal event in which Israel captured the West Bank, east Jerusalem and Gaza Strip.
While touring in support of their new material, Buckingham and McVie stopped by The Tonight Show to play their seminal hit with Jimmy Fallon and The Roots on classroom toys with a bunch of kids.
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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
Medical Definition of seminal
: of, relating to, or consisting of seed or semen seminal discharge
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