- Seminal is defined as some discovery or event that strongly influenced what came after.
An example of seminal was the discovery of electricity.
- The definition of seminal is something related to semen or to the seeds of a plant.
An example of seminal is the fluid containing the sperm required to make a baby.
- of or containing seed or semen
- of reproduction: seminal power
- like seed in being a source or a first stage in development; germinal; originative: a seminal book
- being the first or earliest of something that is later recognized as having been of primary influence: a seminal jazz band
- of essential importance; specif.,
- basic; central; principal
- crucial; critical; pivotal
Origin of seminalMiddle English ; from Middle French ; from Classical Latin seminalis ; from semen (gen. seminis), a seed
- Of, relating to, containing, or conveying semen or seed.
- Of, relating to, or having the power to originate; creative.
- Highly influential in an original way; constituting or providing a basis for further development: a seminal idea in the creation of a new theory.
Origin of seminalMiddle English, from Old French, from Latin sēminālis, from sēmen, sēmin-, seed; see semen.
(comparative more seminal, superlative most seminal)
- Of or relating to seed or semen.
- Creative or having the power to originate.
- Highly influential, especially in some original way, and providing a basis for future development or research.
- "The Structure of Scientific Revolutions" was a seminal work in the modern philosophy of science.
- 2000, Walter Nicholson, Intermediate microeconomics and its application:
- For a seminal contribution to the economics of fertility....
- (obsolete) A seed.
From Latin sēminālis.