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Word of the Day - for Toastmasters everywhere
Monday 27th September 2021
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seminal (adjective) SEM-in-ul

Highly original and influential in later development; rudimentary - with regard to an idea forming a basis for further development.

In a seminal scientific paper published in 1950, Turing came up with a practical solution to the problem – the Turing test.

Steve Connor, The Independent, 16 February 2008. Independent

Three years later, when it came to casting the seminal gangster flick Bonnie And Clyde, Warren remembered his former co-star and offered him the standout role of Buck, Clyde Barrow's older brother.

Unattributed profile of Gene Hackman, Hello Magazine (online). Hello Magazine (online)

He is actually a seminal figure in this newly converging world of digital media and mass entertainment.

Amelia Torode, The Spectator, 1 August 2007. Spectator

That's exactly what the Renwick Gallery does with this global show that includes more than 300 pieces presented in a way that examines their craft origins while placing them within the context of seminal 20th-century artistic movements.

Unattributed, The Washington Post, 9 March 2008. Washington Post

They are coming from all over the country, not just to celebrate the life of the ailing 89-year-old Mr. Graham but also to relive a seminal part of their own faith journey.

Ken Garfield, The New York Times, 8 March 2008. New York Times

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