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con·​nec·​tive kə-ˈnek-tiv How to pronounce connective (audio)
: serving to connect
connectively adverb


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: something that connects: such as
: a linguistic form that connects words or word groups
: 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

Examples of connective in a Sentence

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While those in this portfolio work in divergent disciplines, the connective thread is an instinctive willingness to do things differently. Paul Croughton, Robb Report, 6 Apr. 2024 Nurkic has arguably been the Suns’ best connective passer this year operating out of the elbows and high post, along with their only elite rebounding force. Shane Young, Forbes, 27 Mar. 2024 The Coen brothers, however, have found the connective filmmaking tissue that intertwines all these ideas and have consistently explored the fact that being human is absurd, surreal, realistic, and abstract all at once. Tim Moffatt,, 26 Jan. 2024 But any scenes pairing Mendes with Olin and Tomei, both captivating performers in their respective roles, truly light a fire under the proceedings, making the dialogue crackle and the connective conflicts percolate. Courtney Howard, Variety, 7 Feb. 2024 In rope bondage, practitioners all over the world equate closeness with an intimate, connective way of tying—whereas styles that exhibit a larger distance are often seen as disconnected or tormenting, for better or worse, in being that far apart. Hazlitt, 6 Dec. 2023 This handle is different from typically squeeze triggers in that there’s no connective spring in the middle, so there’s no chance of any parts slipping out of place and makes cleaning a breeze. Michelle Love, Better Homes & Gardens, 2 Jan. 2024 As a cultural purveyor, Anthony is interested in documenting the now to create an artistic legacy that draws a connective thread between the past and the future. Photovogue, Vogue, 6 Nov. 2023 Regional initiatives to lower trade barriers and build connective infrastructure, such as the African Continental Free Trade Area, are also useful. Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, Foreign Affairs, 8 June 2023
This tough connective has a silvery look. Rita Nader Heikenfeld, The Enquirer, 24 Feb. 2023

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Word History

First Known Use


circa 1660, in the meaning defined above


1751, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of connective was circa 1660

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“Connective.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 Apr. 2024.

Kids Definition


1 of 2 adjective
con·​nec·​tive kə-ˈnek-tiv How to pronounce connective (audio)
: connecting or tending to connect
connectively adverb


2 of 2 noun
: something that connects
especially : a word or expression (as a conjunction or a relative pronoun) that connects words or word groups

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