Definition of the subjunctive
: the form that a verb or sentence has when it is expressing a suggestion, wish, uncertainty, possibility, etc. “I wish it were not so” is in the subjunctive.
Word by Word Definitions
: 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 of a language
: a form of verb or verbal in the subjunctive mood
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