- serving or tending to connect: connective remarks between chapters.
Origin of connective
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The asyndeton in this distich is odd, given the preceding series of connectives.
Here the words by and from are connectives; but they do more than connect.An English Grammar
W. M. Baskervill and J. W. Sewell
In these combinations, the vowels e and o are sometimes used as connectives.
The probable position of the connectives is shown and the proportionate distances between ganglia are given.
Reconstruction from serial sections of the cerebro-pleural mass nerves and connectives of Malletia faba.
- serving to connect or capable of connecting
- a thing that connects
- grammar logic
- a less common word for conjunction (def. 3)
- any word that connects phrases, clauses, or individual words
- 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
- botany the tissue of a stamen that connects the two lobes of the anther
- anatomy a nerve-fibre bundle connecting two nerve centres
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Word Origin and History for connectives
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