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disjunctive

[dis-juhngk-tiv] /dɪsˈdʒʌŋk tɪv/
adjective
1.
serving or tending to disjoin; separating; dividing; distinguishing.
2.
Grammar.
  1. syntactically setting two or more expressions in opposition to each other, as but in poor but happy, or expressing an alternative, as or in this or that.
  2. not syntactically dependent upon some particular expression.
3.
Logic.
  1. characterizing propositions that are disjunctions.
  2. (of a syllogism) containing at least one disjunctive proposition as a premise.
noun
4.
a statement, course of action, etc., involving alternatives.
5.
Logic. disjunction (def 2a).
6.
Grammar. a disjunctive word.
Origin of disjunctive
late Middle English
1400-1450
1400-50; late Middle English < Late Latin disjunctīvus placed in opposition, equivalent to Latin disjunct(us) (see disjunct) + -īvus -ive
Related forms
disjunctively, adverb
nondisjunctive, adjective
nondisjunctively, adverb
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Examples from the Web for disjunctive
Historical Examples
  • They are chiefly of two sorts, the Copulative and disjunctive.

    The Comic English Grammar Percival Leigh
  • The disjunctive, therefore, not the copulative, is the proper conjunction.

    Flowers of Freethought George W. Foote
  • A Dilemma is a combination of Hypothetical and disjunctive propositions.

  • Conjunctions are of two sorts, the Copulative and the disjunctive.

  • Conjunctions are divided into two sorts, the Copulative and disjunctive.

  • For a disjunctive in I., of course, there is no Contrapositive.

    Logic Carveth Read
  • Conditional propositions, again, are of two kinds—Hypothetical and disjunctive.

    Logic Carveth Read
  • They are usually divided into two classes, Hypothetical and disjunctive.

    Logic Carveth Read
  • The disjunctive Syllogism is one having a disjunctive proposition in its major premise.

    The Art of Logical Thinking William Walker Atkinson
  • Whately defines it as: "A conditional syllogism with two or more antecedents in the major, and a disjunctive minor."

    The Art of Logical Thinking William Walker Atkinson
British Dictionary definitions for disjunctive

disjunctive

/dɪsˈdʒʌŋktɪv/
adjective
1.
serving to disconnect or separate
2.
(grammar)
  1. denoting a word, esp a conjunction, that serves to express opposition or contrast: but in the sentence She was poor but she was honest
  2. denoting an inflection of pronouns in some languages that is used alone or after a preposition, such as moi in French
3.
(logic) Also alternative. relating to, characterized by, or containing disjunction
noun
4.
(grammar)
  1. a disjunctive word, esp a conjunction
  2. a disjunctive pronoun
5.
(logic) a disjunctive proposition; disjunction
Derived Forms
disjunctively, adverb
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