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connective (adjective)

Definition:

connecting or tending to connect

Class:

adjective (modifies a noun)

Related to:

connect | connectivity

Comparative:

more connective

Superlative:

most connective

Similar to:

conjunctive

Original source:

Princeton WordNet

Usage examples:

  • connective remarks between chapters
  • connective tissue in animals
  • connective tissue in plants

Etymology:

connect + -ive, modeled after French connectif, from New Latin connectivus, from...
(Source: Wiktionary)  [more]

All senses of connective...

Definition references

Collins Dictionary:

connective | conjunction [less common, sense-specific] | connectively [adverb, derived]

serving to connect or capable of connecting | a thing that connects | [grammar, logic] a less common word for "conjunction" [sense-specific] | any ... (21 of 505 words, 7 definitions, 7 usage examples, pronunciation)

www​.collinsdictionary​.com​/dictionary​/english​/connective

Britannica Encyclopedia:

connective [logic] | Sentential Connective, or Propositional Connective [synonym]

in logic, a word or group of words that joins two or more propositions together to form a connective proposition. Commonly used connectives include ... (24 of 161 words)

www​.britannica​.com​/E​Bchecked​/topic​/132988​/connective

Wiktionary:

connective | connectives [plural] | connexive [outdated, synonym, sense-specific] | connecting [synonym, sense-specific]

serving or tending to connect; connecting | That which connects. | [logic] A function that operates on truth values to give another truth value. | [grammar] A word used to connect words, clauses and sentences, most commonly applied to conjunctions. | ... (37 of 84 words, 6 definitions, 2 usage examples)

en​.wiktionary​.org​/wiki​/connective

Oxford Dictionary:

connective | connecting [synonym, sense-specific]

connecting | [grammar] : a word or phrase whose function is to link other linguistic units | [anatomy] : a bundle of nerve fibres connecting two nerve ... (25 of 83 words, 3 definitions, 2 usage examples, pronunciation)

oxforddictionaries​.com​/definition​/english​/connective

Wikipedia:

Connective [disambiguation]

may be referring to: Bains::connective | Logical connective | Connective tissue | Discourse connective, in linguistics, a word or phrase like "therefore" or "in other words". | Connection (disambiguation) (25 of 77 words, 5 definitions)

en​.wikipedia​.org​/wiki​/Connective

Merriam-Webster:

connective [entry 1, adjective] | connectively [adverb, related]

serving to connect (3 of 22 words, pronunciation)

www​.merriam-webster​.com​/dictionary​/connective

connective [entry 2, noun]

something that connects: as ; a linguistic form that connects words or word groups ; a logical term (as or, if-then, and, not) or a symbol for it that ... (29 of 73 words)

www​.merriam-webster​.com​/dictionary​/connective show=1

New World Dictionary:

connective | connectively [adverb, related] | connectivity [noun, related]

connecting or serving to connect | something that connects, especially a word that connects phrases, clauses, or other words, as a conjunction or ... (22 of 47 words, 3 definitions, pronunciations)

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/connective

Macmillan British Dictionary:

connective [countable, linguistics, noun] | connectives [plural]

a word that is used to join other words, phrases, clauses, and sentences, for example 'and', 'because', and 'but' (19 of 45 words, pronunciation)

www​.macmillandictionary​.com​/dictionary​/british​/connective 4

connective [formal]

joining things together (3 of 27 words, pronunciation)

www​.macmillandictionary​.com​/dictionary​/british​/connective

Random House Dictionary:

connective

serving or tending to connect. | something that connects. | [grammar] a word used to connect words, phrases, clauses, and sentences, as a conjunction. ... (22 of 43 words, 4 definitions, 1 usage example, pronunciation)

dictionary​.infoplease​.com​/connective

American Heritage Dictionary:

connective | connectively [adverb, related]

Serving or tending to connect. | One that connects. | [grammar] A word, such as a conjunction, that connects words, phrases, clauses, and sentences. | ... (22 of 41 words, 4 definitions, pronunciation)

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/connective

Cambridge Dictionary:

connectivity [specialized]

the ability of a computer, program, device or system to connect with one or more others (16 of 29 words, 1 usage example, pronunciations)

dictionary​.cambridge​.org​/dictionary​/british​/connectivity

Encarta Dictionary:

connective | connectives [plural] | connectively [adverb, derived]

joining two or more people, things, or parts | something that joins two or more people, things, or parts | a word that links sentences, phrases, ... (24 of 68 words, 4 definitions, pronunciation)

encarta​.msn​.com​/dictionary 1861599663​/definition​.html  [offline]

Etymology references

Wiktionary:

connective | connectives [plural]

Origin: connect + -ive, modeled after French connectif, from New Latin connectivus, from connectō ("I connect"); compare connect, connexive, connectivum, connection.

en​.wiktionary​.org​/wiki​/connective

Online Etymology:

connective

First use: 1650s

Origin: "connect" + "-ive" (if from Latin, it likely would have been *connexive). (1893); Connective tissue is from 1839.

www​.etymonline​.com​/index​.php term=connective

Audio references

Collins Dictionary:

connective

Audio 1: North American English pronunciation of "connective"

Audio 2: North American English pronunciation of "connective"

www​.collinsdictionary​.com​/dictionary​/english​/connective

Macmillan British Dictionary:

connective [countable, linguistics, noun] | connectives [plural]

Audio: British English pronunciation of "connective"

www​.macmillandictionary​.com​/dictionary​/british​/connective 4

connective [formal]

Audio: British English pronunciation of "connective"

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Macmillan American Dictionary:

connective [countable, linguistics, noun] | connectives [plural]

Audio: North American pronunciation of "connective"

www​.macmillandictionary​.com​/dictionary​/american​/connective 4

connective [formal]

Audio: North American pronunciation of "connective"

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the Free Dictionary:

connective

Audio 1: North American English pronunciation of "connective"

Audio 2: British English pronunciation of "connective"

Audio 3: North American English pronunciation of "connective" by speech synthesizer

www​.thefreedictionary​.com​/connective

Google Dictionary:

connective | connectives [plural]

Audio: English pronunciation of "connective"

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Merriam-Webster Pronunciation:

connective

Audio: North American pronunciation of "connective"

www​.merriam-webster​.com​/audio​.php file=connec​06 word=connective

YourDictionary Audio:

connective

Audio: North American English pronunciation of "connective" by speech synthesizer

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/connective

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