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adjective sub·junc·tive \səb-ˈjən(k)-tiv\

Definition of subjunctive

  1. :  of, relating to, or constituting a verb form or set of verb forms that represents a denoted act or state not as fact but as contingent or possible or viewed emotionally (as with doubt or desire) <the subjunctive mood>

Examples of subjunctive in a sentence

  1. In I wish it were Friday, the verb were is in the subjunctive mood.

Origin and Etymology of subjunctive

Late Latin subjunctivus, from Latin subjunctus, past participle of subjungere to join beneath, subordinate


First Known Use: circa 1504


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subjunctive

noun sub·junc·tive

Definition of subjunctive

  1. 1 :  the subjunctive mood of a language

  2. 2 :  a form of verb or verbal in the subjunctive mood

Examples of subjunctive in a sentence

  1. I wish it were not so is in the subjunctive.

  2. Subjunctives can be used to express doubt.

1575

First Known Use of subjunctive

1575



SUBJUNCTIVE Defined for English Language Learners

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subjunctive

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adjective sub·junc·tive \səb-ˈjən(k)-tiv\

Definition of subjunctive for English Language Learners

  • grammar : of or relating to the verb form that is used to express suggestions, wishes, uncertainty, possibility, etc.


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subjunctive

noun sub·junc·tive

Definition of subjunctive for English Language Learners

  • the subjunctive : the form that a verb or sentence has when it is expressing a suggestion, wish, uncertainty, possibility, etc.

  • : a subjunctive verb or sentence



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