Definition of conjunctive in English:


Pronunciation /kənˈjəNG(k)tiv/ /kənˈdʒəŋ(k)tɪv/


  • 1Serving to join; connective.

    ‘the conjunctive tissue’
    • ‘In the latter, phloem is produced outwardly from each of the successive cambia and therefore lies between conjunctive tissue (which is not secondary xylem) and the secondary xylem produced by each of the cambia.’
    • ‘The famous doctor sets forth this doctrine to explain his interest in bamboo as he found its qualities effective against degenerative processes in the cartilages and conjunctive tissue.’
    • ‘Moreover, amnesia sets in when images, possessed of a unique conjunctive power, are subordinated to texts, since texts support the modernizing transformation of myth into doctrine and message.’
    • ‘It consists mainly of conjunctive collagen fibrils packed in lamellar bundles that are immersed in an amorphous ground fluid.’
    • ‘Whether sex chromosomes and autosomes differ in their conjunctive mechanism is an unresolved issue.’
    • ‘They have distinct culture, history, heroes, race-mentality, language; and are inhabitants of a conjunctive geographical zone i.e. the land of the five rivers.’
    • ‘This beef is marbled yes, but with tiny threads of collagen, which are not to be confused with the conjunctive tissues found in other types of beef.’
    • ‘Cysts of different shapes and sizes appeared in the conjunctive tissues of the abdomen and viscera, mainly in the liver, gonads, and pancreas.’
    • ‘Animals consuming large quantities of buckwheat plant have developed blepharitis, a painful inflammation of the conjunctive tissues of the eye.’
    1. 1.1Involving the combination or co-occurrence of two or more conditions or properties.
      ‘conjunctive hypotheses are simpler to process than negative or disjunctive ones’
      • ‘The conjunctive theorist might still avail herself of one of the above replies to preemption and disconnection.’
      • ‘The specific action is seen as a required consequent of some antecedent formed by a conjunctive chain.’
      • ‘The second conjunctive requirement deals with the appellant's ‘ability’ to understand not her ‘failure to understand.’’
      • ‘For these reasons, conjunctive strategies are likely to have lower clinical sensitivity (i.e., many people who actually have a given disorder will fail to meet a conjunctive set of diagnostic criteria).’
      • ‘The approach typical of clinical practice, the disjunctive approach, identifies a dramatically larger and more heterogeneous group than the conjunctive approaches that typify randomized clinical trials research.’
      • ‘Therefore, it would be reasonable to expect that compared to their younger counterparts, older children would be more proficient at reasoning, in general, and more successful in making conjunctive judgments, in particular.’
      • ‘Consistent with previous studies, the current study found that in a conjunctive search task, response time and patterns of eye movements were strongly influenced by the ratio between two types of distractors.’
      • ‘For children of both age groups and adults, the magnitude of the single event probability appeared to impact the proportion of correct responses in conjunctive problems of the kind presented here.’
      • ‘This conjunctive outcome was compared with an unlikely single event (a context in which, as noted above, the fallacy is commonplace).’
      • ‘To succeed in setting aside a Default Judgment, the Defendant must satisfy this three-part conjunctive test.’
      • ‘At minimum, our examination will highlight potential facilitative factors that have been conjunctive with trust.’
      • ‘It is time we move in the direction of rainwater harvesting, watershed development and the conjunctive use of rain, river, ground, treated sewage and sea water on the one hand, and river water linking on the other.’
    2. 1.2Grammar Of the nature relating to a conjunction.
      ‘Most conjuncts are adverbs (also known as conjunctive adverbs) and prepositional phrases.’
      • ‘All three articles attempt to clarify the determinate-determinable relation by explaining the nature of disjunctive and conjunctive predicates.’
      • ‘In the second part a problem for this analysis is discussed, i.e. the problem of conjunctive permission sentences.’
      • ‘In the examples above, the conjunctive phrases are just being used to denote the relevant set - there is no notion that the alternatives in the world are aligned one-to-one with the conjuncts in the words.’
      • ‘I don't believe that these two examples are ungrammatical, nor do I think that they would be improved stylistically by replacing the conjunctive contrast with a than phrase.’


  • A word or expression acting as a conjunction.

    ‘Instead of words for conjunctives like ‘with’, ‘to’, and ‘about’, there are word endings.’
    • ‘It's like detective work, but using conjunctives and participles instead of fingerprints and DNA samples.’


Late Middle English from late Latin conjunctivus, from conjungere ‘join together’ (see conjunct).