con·​nec·​tive | \ kə-ˈnek-tiv How to pronounce connective (audio) \

Definition of connective

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: serving to connect



Definition of connective (Entry 2 of 2)

: something that connects: such as
a : a linguistic form that connects words or word groups
b : a logical term (such as or, if-then, and, not) or a symbol for it that relates propositions in such a way that the truth or falsity of the resulting statement is determined by the truth or falsity of the components

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Other Words from connective


connectively adverb

Examples of connective in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective Fifteen years is a long time to spend in the company of another being and, as Denali and Moon’s story illustrates, a pet’s presence can become one of life’s most consistent connective threads. Erin Berger, Outside Online, "Ben Moon of 'Denali' Knows What Makes a Good Dog Story," 22 Jan. 2020 Similar to other shows on this list, Fargo eschewed being a straight sequel or adaptation and instead opted to create a world that shared the original's ethos and sensibilities (occasionally adding some connective overlap, too). Nathan Mattise, Ars Technica, "TV changed a lot in the 2010s, and the decade’s best reflects that," 21 Dec. 2019 Just under half of women over the age of 40 have dense breasts, which means their breasts have more connective and fibrous tissue than usual and relatively less fat. Arkansas Online, "MRIs' breast-scan role focus of study," 28 Nov. 2019 Two of the patients have multiple myeloma, a blood cancer, and the third has a sarcoma, cancer that forms in connective or soft tissue. NBC News, "Doctors try CRISPR gene editing for cancer, a 1st in the US," 6 Nov. 2019 Stretching from Mandela Parkway to Kirkham and Fifth streets, the space includes bedrooms, a common area, a kitchen and a connective walkway through the center. Jessica Christian,, "Women in West Oakland homeless encampment find strength, safety in numbers," 27 Oct. 2019 Music is a very connective, artistic form of expression. Keaton Bell, Vogue, "Annie Lennox Traveled the World and the Seven Seas—and Made an Exhibit of Her Life," 25 May 2019 Whereas science has traditionally been guided by dispassionate, male-centric authority, women are rewording climate conversations to honor the collective, connective nature of the problem. Dan Zak, Washington Post, "How should we talk about what’s happening to our planet?," 27 Aug. 2019 On July 21, 1969, the world slowed down to watch one of the most important and connective moments in human history. Shannon Stirone, New York Times, "Imagining the Moon," 9 July 2019

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First Known Use of connective


circa 1660, in the meaning defined above


1751, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of connective was circa 1660

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3 Feb 2020

Cite this Entry

“Connective.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 29 Feb. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of connective

grammar : a word (such as and) that connects words or groups of words

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