- syntactically setting two or more expressions in opposition to each other, as but in poor but happy, or expressing an alternative, as or in this or that.
- not syntactically dependent upon some particular expression.
- characterizing propositions that are disjunctions.
- (of a syllogism) containing at least one disjunctive proposition as a premise.
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Origin of disjunctive
OTHER WORDS FROM disjunctivedis·junc·tive·ly, adverbnon·dis·junc·tive, adjectivenon·dis·junc·tive·ly, adverb
Words nearby disjunctive
Example sentences from the Web for disjunctive
Conjunctions are divided into two sorts, the Copulative and Disjunctive.English Grammar in Familiar Lectures|Samuel Kirkham
In fact, the disjunctive judgment involves the identification of the practical problem.Studies in Logical Theory|John Dewey
The facilities for wreaking final vengeance upon each other was a disjunctive irony divided equally between them.The Red Debt|Everett MacDonald
This must have been the case especially when the habitation of a species is extensive, and yet more when it is disjunctive.Origin of Cultivated Plants|Alphonse De Candolle
Thus the disjunctive conclusion is as bad for an opponent as the categorical one in a Simple Dilemma.Logic|Carveth Read
British Dictionary definitions for disjunctive
- denoting a word, esp a conjunction, that serves to express opposition or contrast: but in the sentence She was poor but she was honest
- denoting an inflection of pronouns in some languages that is used alone or after a preposition, such as moi in French
- a disjunctive word, esp a conjunction
- a disjunctive pronoun