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disjunctive

adjective dis·junc·tive \ -ˈjəŋ(k)-tiv \
Updated on: 10 Apr 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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First Known Use of disjunctive

15th century


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disjunctive

noun

Definition of disjunctive

: a disjunctive conjunction

Recent Examples of disjunctive from the Web

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First Known Use of disjunctive

1530


DISJUNCTIVE Defined for English Language Learners

disjunctive

Definition of disjunctive for English Language Learners

  • grammar : showing choice or opposition


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