1. something that connects.
  2. Grammar. a word used to connect words, phrases, clauses, and sentences, as a conjunction.
  3. Botany. the tissue joining the two cells of the anther.

Origin of connective

First recorded in 1645–55; connect + -ive
Related formscon·nec·tive·ly, adverbcon·nec·tiv·i·ty [kon-ek-tiv-i-tee] /ˌkɒn ɛkˈtɪv ɪ ti/, nounnon·con·nec·tive, adjective, nounnon·con·nec·tive·ly, adverbnon·con·nec·tiv·i·ty, nounpre·con·nec·tive, adjectivequa·si-con·nec·tive, adjectivequa·si-con·nec·tive·ly, adverb Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

British Dictionary definitions for connectively


  1. serving to connect or capable of connecting
  1. a thing that connects
  2. grammar logic
    1. a less common word for conjunction (def. 3)
    2. any word that connects phrases, clauses, or individual words
    3. a symbol used in a formal language in the construction of compound sentences from simpler sentences, corresponding to terms such as or, and, not, etc, in ordinary speech
  3. botany the tissue of a stamen that connects the two lobes of the anther
  4. anatomy a nerve-fibre bundle connecting two nerve centres
Derived Formsconnectively, adverbconnectivity (ˌkɒnɛkˈtɪvɪtɪ), noun
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Word Origin and History for connectively



1650s, from connect + -ive (if from Latin, it likely would have been *connexive). Connective tissue is from 1839.

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