- serving to unite or couple.
- involving or consisting of connected words or clauses: a copulative sentence.
- pertaining to or serving as a copula; serving to connect subject and complement: a copulative verb.
- serving to connect nouns, noun phrases, verbs, clauses, etc.: a copulative conjunction.
- of the dvandva type: Bittersweet is a copulative compound.
- of or relating to sexual intercourse.
- Grammar. a copulative word.
Origin of copulative
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Examples from the Web for copulative
If incomplete, determine whether they are transitive or copulative verbs.
Note whether the complement of the copulative verb is an adjective or a noun.
They are chiefly of two sorts, the Copulative and Disjunctive.The Comic English Grammar
I take it that it is affirmative, negative, copulative and restrictive; but that is—not all.The Mercy of Allah
The disjunctive, therefore, not the copulative, is the proper conjunction.Flowers of Freethought
George W. Foote
- serving to join or unite
- of or characteristic of copulation
- grammar (of a verb) having the nature of a copula
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