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copulative

[ kop-yuh-ley-tiv, -luh-tiv ]
/ ˈkɒp yəˌleɪ tɪv, -lə tɪv /
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adjective
serving to unite or couple.
Grammar.
  1. involving or consisting of connected words or clauses: a copulative sentence.
  2. pertaining to or serving as a copula; serving to connect subject and complement: a copulative verb.
  3. serving to connect nouns, noun phrases, verbs, clauses, etc.: a copulative conjunction.
  4. of the dvandva type: Bittersweet is a copulative compound.
of or relating to sexual intercourse.
noun
Grammar. a copulative word.
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Origin of copulative

First recorded in 1350–1400; Middle English copulatif, from Middle French copulatif, copulative, from Late Latin cōpulātīvus; see copulate, -ive

OTHER WORDS FROM copulative

cop·u·la·tive·ly, adverb
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British Dictionary definitions for copulative

copulative
/ (ˈkɒpjʊlətɪv) /

adjective
serving to join or unite
of or characteristic of copulation
grammar (of a verb) having the nature of a copula

Derived forms of copulative

copulatively, adverb
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