- 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
Iéu (je), tu (tu), and éu (il) are used as disjunctive forms, in contrast with the French.Frdric Mistral|Charles Alfred Downer
Or should we say that the note omitted was not Nt, but the present Parames and the interval of a tone (i.e. the disjunctive tone)?The Modes of Ancient Greek Music|David Binning Monro
The disjunctive forms of the pronoun are also sometimes preserved before verbs and adjectives.The Indian in his Wigwam|Henry R. Schoolcraft
Again, "the former does not belong to pure categoricals," it is simply disjunctive.
The chestnut, belonging to the order Cupuliferæ, has an extended but disjunctive natural area.Origin of Cultivated Plants|Alphonse De Candolle
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