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

Other Words from connective


connectively adverb

Examples of connective in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective The team first mixed collagen and human dermal fibroblasts, the two main ingredients in our skin’s connective tissues. Brian Handwerk, Smithsonian Magazine, 10 June 2022 That connective thread helps Kenobi accept Skywalker as an equal and end master-apprentice dynamic. Scott Gleeson, USA TODAY, 10 May 2022 As a captain, Romenesko is a connective thread who binds the various parts together. Patrick Z. Mcgavin,, 10 Feb. 2022 In Liverpool, Maxine Williams, 52, said keeping warm is an essential part of managing a disorder affecting her connective tissues, known as Ehlers-Danlos syndrome. New York Times, 30 Apr. 2022 The visual language of hair is connective, a through line that anchors disparate POVs to a shared reality. Los Angeles Times, 28 Mar. 2022 That leaves the question: Can Zoom beat out competition, like Microsoft Teams, to become the connective tech for this new future? Ryan Kost, San Francisco Chronicle, 3 Feb. 2022 Yet, technology and virtual human connection should not become the excuse for the inability to create a supportive, connective culture. Arthi Rabikrisson, Forbes, 3 Jan. 2022 Newspaper essays, private diary entries, press interviews, poems and lyrics are among the materials assembled with extensive connective text by veteran biographer Barry Day, who did the same for Coward’s letters. Washington Post, 30 Oct. 2021 See More

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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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17 Jun 2022

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“Connective.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 Jun. 2022.

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