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A seminal work is one that is highly influential in an original way.

Any list of "seminal works" is of course debatable and can never be considered exhaustive either. Nevertheless there seems to be general agreement as to a handful of works. Among them are the following written texts:

The word seminal comes from Latin seminalis "of or pertaining to the seed or semen of men and animals".

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