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 There’s no real connective story line, other than the immediacy of what’s onscreen. Bilge Ebiri, Vulture, "Here’s a Movie About a Pig That Might Change Your Life," 22 Apr. 2021 But Ma’s open and connective worldview was not a given in his life. Micah Hendler, Forbes, "Cello Virtuoso Yo-Yo Ma Reveals His Key To Unlocking Possibility," 19 Apr. 2021 They can be hung on the bag of a connective hand rope and portable hook. Chris Hachey, BGR, "Best Collapsible Travel Cup," 23 Mar. 2021 Ganni and Levi’s also teamed up with SharpEnd, a connective experience agency, to allow renters to unlock the history of each piece and discover which #GANNIGirls rented it before them. Eliza Huber,, "I Tried Out The Ganni x Levi’s Rental Scheme. Here Are My Thoughts.," 29 Sep. 2020 The work was more about finding those connective seams between like-minded artists and working with others. Justin Curto, Vulture, "SOPHIE’s Vision of the Future," 12 Mar. 2021 Mesh is the company's connective fabric for mixed reality collaboration, offering it as both an application and a service. Anshel Sag, Forbes, "Microsoft's Mesh Platform For Mixed Reality Puts Microsoft At The Forefront Of XR Collaboration," 3 Mar. 2021 Phillips, the daughter of a Mexican immigrant, wants to leverage emerging technologies to address health inequity—to design a more imaginative, inclusive, and connective experience of health, well-being, and care. Lavonne Roberts, Wired, "These Recharge Rooms Are Helping Health Care Workers Cope," 21 Jan. 2021 St Amour, who has a connective-tissue disorder called Ehlers-Danlos syndrome, is quick to shrug off suggestions that Kapler’s motives aren’t pure. Susan Slusser, San Francisco Chronicle, "Gabe Kapler unveils foundation to help under-represented groups gain positions in sports," 8 Feb. 2021

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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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30 Apr 2021

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“Connective.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 6 May. 2021.

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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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