Definition of conjuncture in English:



  • 1A combination of events.

    ‘the peculiar political conjunctures that led to war’
    • ‘This conjuncture of key personal events is a crossroads, not a judgment.’
    • ‘It follows that to understand why homosexual families emerge as a visible alternative type at one historical conjuncture, and not others, we must look at the field of cultural and ideological production.’
    • ‘That kind of thinking, he might have replied, comes from not seeing the particular historical conjuncture of Nazism in the context of the longue durée of the European Enlightenment and what transpired from it.’
    • ‘Action embodies a conjuncture of these many issues.’
    • ‘It was really a conjuncture of social, economic, generational, and cultural shifts that changed the very identity of the left over the last twenty-live years.’
    • ‘Yet if the middle-class memories of the servants from their youth seem too simplistic, I contend that there are deeper reasons embedded in the dialectics of writing autobiographies and memoirs at a particular historical conjuncture.’
    • ‘A frequent criticism of annaliste history was that it never made explicit the connections between structures, and conjunctures, and events.’
    • ‘At every turn in the conjuncture of events German capitalism is thrown up against those problems which it had attempted to solve by means of war.’
    • ‘In hiss view, African politics is ‘the victim of [the] neoliberal historical conjuncture and a profusion of episternologies which write struggle out of the picture’.’
    • ‘Superficially, the rationale of the style would seem to be its conjuncture of sensitivity and showmanship.’
    • ‘What kind of racialized, gendered selves get produced at the conjuncture of the transnational and the neo-colonial?’
    • ‘Apart from this political conjuncture, the debate in 1996 was also driven by years of organized, sustained, and effective attacks on the rationale for welfare and the outcomes ascribed to it.’
    • ‘The water charges victory showed that, while an unusual political conjuncture had dealt the final blow, a mass campaign of civil disobedience could bring about real change in peoples lives.’
    • ‘But such a conjuncture of ways of life is not easily attained.’
    • ‘African environmental history is thus a complex story of conjuncture, adaptation, and cultural and environmental flux.’
    1. 1.1A state of affairs.
      ‘the wider political conjuncture’
      • ‘Such revolutionary conjunctures became increasingly common over the course of the century, producing an extraordinary number of revolutions.’
      • ‘This is the vector that realizes contradictions and dilemmas in specific conjunctures.’
      • ‘I believe that the conjuncture has to be perfect to make certain decisions.’
      • ‘The present international and national political conjuncture has a great deal to do with this.’
      • ‘And yet, there is no upward trend in the economic conjuncture.’
      • ‘Yet, how credible is such an option in the current conjuncture where intense capitalist competition continues and the power of international capital in fact (if not ideology) has not declined?’
      • ‘Since the state of a discursive formation is not constant, it can be apprehended only by means of inquiry into specific instances or conjunctures.’
      • ‘There is another aspect of the 1973 British documents that sheds light on the present political conjuncture in the US.’
      • ‘It seems as if security and the political criteria of the blockade always respond to the internal needs of the organization, rather than to the political conjuncture or to any possible external support.’
      • ‘The international conjuncture formed a highly favourable environment for this turn: the global ascendancy of Anglo-American neo-liberalism offered a formidable backdrop to the French scene.’
      • ‘Rather, we are today in such a conjuncture that the entire capitalist world is experiencing a crisis, less due to challenges from below than internal weaknesses.’
      • ‘No one knows the future, of course, but every historian knows that the current conjuncture will change.’
      • ‘Second, in historical conjunctures where social capital is strong across civil society and government, the resulting cooperation has led to more effective advocacy for devolution policies.’
      • ‘But an important element of the critical theory method is to identify - and, if possible, nurture - tendencies that exist within the present conjuncture that point in the direction of emancipation.’


Early 17th century: from conjunction, by substitution of the suffix; influenced by obsolete French conjuncture, from Italian congiuntura, based on Latin conjungere join together (see conjoin).