- something that connects or links together.
- Also called linking verb. Grammar. a verb, as be, seem, or look, that serves as a connecting link or establishes an identity between subject and complement.Compare action verb.
- Logic. a word or set of words that acts as a connecting link between the subject and predicate of a proposition.
Origin of copula
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A promise of marriage, followed by copula, also constitutes a marriage.
They resemble them in that they are beliefs in being signified by the copula.
Hence—The copula instead of determining a case expresses a concord.The English Language
Robert Gordon Latham
Antisthenes 222probably considered that the copula implied identity between the predicate and the subject.
Copula, kop′ū-la, n. that which joins together: a bond or tie: (logic) the word joining the subject and predicate.
- a verb, such as be, seem, or taste, that is used merely to identify or link the subject with the complement of a sentence. Copulas may serve to link nouns (or pronouns), as in he became king, nouns (or pronouns) and adjectival complements, as in sugar tastes sweet, or nouns (or pronouns) and adverbial complements, as in John is in jail
- anything that serves as a link
- logic the often unexpressed link between the subject and predicate terms of a categorial proposition, as are in all men are mortal
C17: from Latin: bond, connection, from co- together + apere to fasten
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Word Origin and History for copula
linking verb, 1640s, from Latin copula "that which binds, rope, band, bond" (see copulate).
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
- A narrow part connecting two structures.
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