[kuh n-juhngk-tiv]


serving to connect; connective: conjunctive tissue.
conjoined; joint: a conjunctive action.
  1. (of a mode) subjunctive.
  2. (of a pronoun) conjunct.
  3. of the nature of a conjunction.
  4. (of an adverb) serving to connect two clauses or sentences, as however or furthermore.
Logic. characterizing propositions that are conjunctions.


Grammar. a conjunctive word; a conjunction.

Origin of conjunctive

1400–50; late Middle English conjunctif < Late Latin conjunctīvus. See conjunct, -ive
Related formscon·junc·tive·ly, adverbnon·con·junc·tive, adjectivenon·con·junc·tive·ly, adverbsub·con·junc·tive, adjectivesub·con·junc·tive·ly, adverbun·con·junc·tive, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for conjunctive

Historical Examples of conjunctive

  • The sign of the conditional is ḥe or ḥ; that of the conjunctive ḷe or ḷ.


    Robert Gordon Latham

  • She waited a moment for him to express the limitation which the conjunctive implied.

    Carmen Ariza

    Charles Francis Stocking

  • That percept was what I meant, for into it my idea has passed by conjunctive experiences of sameness and fulfilled intention.

  • But a comma is not sufficient before a conjunctive adverb like therefore.

  • Here also exhaustion is a conjunctive cause, for overexertion can not be long continued without exhaustion.

    Special Report on Diseases of the Horse

    United States Department of Agriculture

British Dictionary definitions for conjunctive



joining; connective
of or relating to conjunctions or their use
logic relating to, characterized by, or containing a conjunction


a less common word for conjunction (def. 3)
Derived Formsconjunctively, adverb

Word Origin for conjunctive

C15: from Late Latin conjunctīvus, from Latin conjungere to conjoin
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Word Origin and History for conjunctive

late 15c., from Latin coniunctivus "serving to connect," from coniunctus, past participle of coniungere (see conjoin). Grammatical sense is from 1660s.

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