From Latin subjunctivus (“serving to join, connecting, in grammar applies to the subjunctive mode”), from subjungere (“to add, join, subjoin”), from sub (“under”) + jungere (“to join, yoke”); see join.
subjunctive (not comparable)
- (grammar, of a verb) inflected to indicate that an act or state of being is possible, contingent or hypothetical, and not a fact. English examples include so be it; I wouldn’t if I were you; were I a younger man, I would fight back; I asked that he leave.
possible, contingent, or hypothetical; not a fact
- subjunctive in Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary, G. & C. Merriam, 1913
- subjunctive in The Century Dictionary, The Century Co., New York, 1911