Meaning of CONJUNCTIVE in English


I. kənˈjəŋ(k)tiv, -tēv also -təv adjective

Etymology: Late Latin conjunctivus, from Latin conjunctus + -ivus -ive — more at conjunct

1. : conjoining, connecting, connective

conjunctive forces in society

2. : conjoined , conjunct : done or existing in conjunction

the conjunctive operation of several independent factors


a. : being a conjunction (sense 6)

a conjunctive particle

b. : functioning like a conjunction ; specifically : connecting the sentence or main clause in which it occurs with the preceding one and qualifying the whole sentence or clause in which it occurs rather than any single word or phrase in it

conjunctive adverbs such as hence, yet, so, consequently, however

4. of the mood of a verb : subjunctive

5. of a conjunction : copulative 1a

6. of a pronoun form : unstressed and closely attached to the verb as an enclitic or proclitic

French me, le, te, se are conjunctive

— contrasted with disjunctive

• con·junc·tive·ly -tə̇vlē, -li adverb

II. noun

( -s )

: something conjunctive: as


(1) : conjunction 7

(2) : the connective in a conjunction


(1) : conjunction 6 : a word (as moreover in “I don't know, moreover I don't care”) or word group (as the phrase in case in “take your umbrella in case it should rain”) functioning like a conjunction

(2) : a copulative conjunction

(3) : the conjunctive mood of a language or a form in it

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