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disjunctive

adjective dis·junc·tive \ -ˈjəŋ(k)-tiv \
|Updated on: 18 Jun 2018

Definition of disjunctive

1 a : 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

disjunctively

adverb

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Examples of disjunctive in a Sentence

  1. “Or” and “but” are disjunctive conjunctions.

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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.

First Known Use of disjunctive

15th century

in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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disjunctive

noun

Definition of disjunctive

: a disjunctive conjunction

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First Known Use of disjunctive

1530

in the meaning defined above

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DISJUNCTIVE Defined for English Language Learners

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Definition of disjunctive for English Language Learners

  • grammar : showing choice or opposition


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