[ kuh n-juhngk-tiv ]
/ kənˈdʒʌŋk tɪv /


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.

Nearby words

  1. conjunctival ring,
  2. conjunctival sac,
  3. conjunctival test,
  4. conjunctival varix,
  5. conjunctival vein,
  6. conjunctive eye movement,
  7. conjunctivitis,
  8. conjunctivoma,
  9. conjunctivoplasty,
  10. conjuncture

Origin of conjunctive

1400–50; late Middle English conjunctif < Late Latin conjunctīvus. See conjunct, -ive

Related forms Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for conjunctive

British Dictionary definitions for conjunctive


/ (kənˈdʒʌŋktɪv) /


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

Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper