AskDefine | Define seminal

Dictionary Definition

seminal adj
1 pertaining to or containing or consisting of semen; "seminal fluid"
2 containing seeds of later development; "seminal ideas of one discipline can influence the growth of another" [syn: germinal, originative]

User Contributed Dictionary



  1. Of or relating to seed or semen.
  2. Creative or having the power to originate.
  3. 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.

Derived terms


of or relating to seed or semen
  • Dutch: zaad
  • Spanish: seminal
  • Finnish: siemen
creative or having the power to originate
  • Spanish: germinal
  • Dutch: creatief
highly influential

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