conjuncture

[kuhn-juhngk-cher]
noun
1.
a combination of circumstances; a particular state of affairs.
2.
a critical state of affairs; crisis.
3.
conjunction; joining.

Origin:
1595–1605; conjunct + -ure

conjunctural, adjective
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conjuncture (kənˈdʒʌŋktʃə)
 
n
1.  a combination of events, esp a critical one
2.  rare a union; conjunction
 
con'junctural
 
adj

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conjuncture
c.1600, from Fr. conjoncture, from Mod.L. *conjunctura, from L. conjunctus (see conjunct).
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Example sentences
In so critical a conjuncture, our martyrs declared themselves the visible protectors of that distressed church.
Now that same independent central bank is grappling with an ugly conjuncture of rising inflation and falling growth.
We should be leery of drawing inapt lessons from the crisis to the current policy conjuncture.
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