disjunctive

adjective
dis·​junc·​tive | \ dis-ˈjəŋ(k)-tiv How to pronounce disjunctive (audio) \

Definition of disjunctive

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1a : 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 : marked by breaks or disunity a disjunctive narrative sequence
3 of a pronoun form : stressed and not attached to the verb as an enclitic or proclitic

disjunctive

noun

Definition of disjunctive (Entry 2 of 2)

: a disjunctive conjunction

Other Words from disjunctive

Adjective

disjunctively adverb

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Adjective

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.

Examples of disjunctive in a Sentence

Adjective “Or” and “but” are disjunctive conjunctions.
Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective The full conquest of Ukraine would, on the other hand, be rightly seen as a truly disjunctive event. David Faris, The Week, 22 Feb. 2022 Jude, however, doesn’t merge these disjunctive threads into a totalizing whole. Mark Olsen, Los Angeles Times, 26 Nov. 2021 Boats filled with men wrapped and huddled against the cold toss on spiky blue water; oars and bayonets radiate in a disjunctive pattern. Karen Wilkin, WSJ, 26 Sep. 2020 Nearly all the clips have been stripped of dialogue, preserving the continuity of Hitchcock's narrative but also turning each conversation into an amusing exercise in disjunctive editing. Justin Chang, chicagotribune.com, 26 Apr. 2018 Nearly all the clips have been stripped of dialogue, preserving the continuity of Hitchcock's narrative but also turning each conversation into an amusing exercise in disjunctive editing. Justin Chang, chicagotribune.com, 26 Apr. 2018 This time, as the speeches of local authorities proclaim unity and harmony, the editing splinters the action into a series of discrete, disjunctive shots. New York Times, 7 June 2018 In both, Quinn knits together more explicitly disjunctive parts — one arm skinny in Superman blue opposite another, beefy and bare, for instance. Leah Ollman, latimes.com, 6 June 2018 Nearly all the clips have been stripped of dialogue, preserving the continuity of Hitchcock's narrative but also turning each conversation into an amusing exercise in disjunctive editing. Justin Chang, chicagotribune.com, 26 Apr. 2018 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun The mobiles, displayed in disjunctive, nonchronological sequences, ring an undivided space, and precise spotlights cast frolicking shadows on white and blue walls. Jason Farago, New York Times, 8 June 2017 See More

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First Known Use of disjunctive

Adjective

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Noun

1530, in the meaning defined above

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“Disjunctive.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/disjunctive. Accessed 17 May. 2022.

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