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disjunctive

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adjective dis·junc·tive \-ˈjəŋ(k)-tiv\

Simple Definition of disjunctive

  • grammar : showing choice or opposition

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of disjunctive

  1. 1 a :  relating to, being, or forming a logical disjunction b :  expressing an alternative or opposition between the meanings of the words connected <the disjunctive conjunction or> c :  expressed by mutually exclusive alternatives joined by or <disjunctive pleading>

  2. 2 :  marked by breaks or disunity <a disjunctive narrative sequence>

  3. 3 of a pronoun form :  stressed and not attached to the verb as an enclitic or proclitic

disjunctively

adverb

Examples of disjunctive in a sentence

  1. Or and but are disjunctive conjunctions.



Did You Know?

Disjunctive comes to us from disjunctus, the past participle of the Latin verb disjungere, meaning "to disjoin," and it is commonly used to describe things marked by breaks or separation, as in "a disjunctive account of events." Some people may be familiar with disjunctive conjunctions-like or, either… or, but, and though-which express an alternative or opposition between the meanings of the words connected. The opposite of such conjunctions are copulative conjunctions, which unite words or phrases-the principal one in English being and. In linguistics, disjunctive may also denote a vowel inserted in the body of a word to aid in pronunciation. For example, the schwa sometimes found in athlete is considered disjunctive.

15th Century

First Known Use of disjunctive

15th century


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disjunctive

noun dis·junc·tive

Definition of disjunctive

  1. :  a disjunctive conjunction



1530

First Known Use of disjunctive

1530


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