From Latin coniunctivus (“serving to connect”), from coniunctus, past participle of coniungere; compare conjoin. From late 15th c; grammatical sense from 1660s.
conjunctive (not comparable)
- (astrology, astronomy) Relating to a conjunction (appearance in the sky of two astronomical objects with the same right ascension or the same ecliptical longitude).
- (grammar) Relating to a conjunction (part of speech).
- (grammar) Relating to the conjunctive mood.
- (grammar) Of a personal pronoun, used only in immediate conjunction with the verb of which the pronoun is the subject, such as French je or Irish sé
- (grammar, of a verb) Subjunctive: inflected to indicate that an act or state of being is possible, contingent or hypothetical, and not a fact.
- (logic) Of or relating to logical conjunction.
- (obsolete) Closely united.
- c. 1599–1602 (date written), William Shakespeare, “The Tragedie of Hamlet, Prince of Denmarke”, in Mr. William Shakespeares Comedies, Histories, & Tragedies […] (First Folio), London: […] Isaac Iaggard, and Ed[ward] Blount, published 1623, OCLC 606515358, [Act IV, scene vii], line 15:
- She is so conjunctive to my life and soul / That, as the star moves not but in his sphere, / I could not but by her.
- (subjunctive): subjunctive
- (of a personal pronoun): disjunctive
- (of logical conjunction): disjunctive
- canonical conjunctive normal form
- conjunctive adjunct
- conjunctive adverb
- conjunctive approach
- conjunctive archaeology
- conjunctive conjunction
- conjunctive error
- conjunctive eye movement
- conjunctive grammar
- conjunctive illocutionary act
- conjunctive management
- conjunctive membrane
- conjunctive mode
- conjunctive mood
- conjunctive normal form
- conjunctive operation
- conjunctive participle
- conjunctive symbiosis
- conjunctive tissue
- conjunctive tunic
- conjunctive use
- conjunctive verb
grammar: relating to a conjunction
logic: of or relating to logical conjunction
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conjunctive (plural conjunctives)
- (grammar) A conjunction.
- (logic) A conjunction.