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EnglishEdit

EtymologyEdit

From Latin iūnctūra.

PronunciationEdit

  • (UK) IPA(key): /ˈdʒʌŋk.tʃə(ɹ)/
  • (US) IPA(key): /ˈdʒʌŋk.tʃɚ/, /ˈdʒʌŋk.ʃɚ/
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NounEdit

juncture (plural junctures)

  1. A place where things join, a junction.
  2. A critical moment in time.
    We're at a crucial juncture in our relationship.
    • Charlotte Brontë, Jane Eyre
      What a mercy you are shod with velvet, Jane! a clodhopping messenger would never do at this juncture.
  3. (linguistics) The manner of moving (transition) or mode of relationship between two consecutive sounds; a suprasegmental phonemic cue, by which a listener can distinguish between two otherwise identical sequences of sounds that have different meanings.

Usage notesEdit

In highly formal or bureaucratic language, "at this juncture" is often used to mean “now”:

I'm unable to ascertain its whereabouts at this juncture.

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LatinEdit

ParticipleEdit

jūnctūre

  1. vocative masculine singular of jūnctūrus