juncture

noun
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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Recent Examples on the Web At this juncture, the piece feels to me like an early workshop production, which is perhaps understandable given how its trajectory across various regional theaters was interrupted by the COVID-19 crisis. Chris Jones, chicagotribune.com, 28 Sep. 2021 Healthy players that have failed to produce can safely be cut at this juncture. Alex Kay, Forbes, 28 Sep. 2021 The meetings at the White House come at a pivotal juncture for Biden’s $3.5 trillion package as lawmakers struggle to draft the ambitious effort. Lisa Mascaro And Kevin Freking, Anchorage Daily News, 22 Sep. 2021 But after years of reflection, especially after the tragic loss of her newborn baby girl, with the backdrop of a life-changing pandemic, Martin reached a difficult juncture. Rashika Jaipuriar, The Indianapolis Star, 22 Sep. 2021 The meetings at the White House come at a pivotal juncture for Biden's $3.5 trillion package as lawmakers struggle to draft the ambitious effort. Kevin Freking, Fortune, 22 Sep. 2021 Presidents like to frame their first year in office as a historic juncture or a new era. Robin Wright, The New Yorker, 21 Sep. 2021 Huge win for Oregon at Ohio State, as the Ducks established themselves as a legitimate College Football Playoff contender, but again, this is the Pac-12, so crowning Oregon at this still-early juncture would be premature. Josh Newman, The Salt Lake Tribune, 18 Sep. 2021 The third juncture, Doshi writes, occurred in 2017, following the election of Donald Trump. Washington Post, 17 Sep. 2021

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First Known Use of juncture

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

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“Juncture.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/juncture. Accessed 25 Oct. 2021.

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juncture

noun

English Language Learners Definition of juncture

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

juncture

noun
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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