- 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.
Origin of disjunctive
Related formsdis·junc·tive·ly, adverbnon·dis·junc·tive, adjectivenon·dis·junc·tive·ly, adverb
Examples 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