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Definition of "disjunctive" [dis•junc•tive]

  • Serving to separate or divide. (adjective)
  • Grammar Serving to establish a relationship of contrast or opposition. The conjunction but in the phrase poor but comfortable is disjunctive. (adjective)
  • Logic Of a proposition that presents two or more alternative terms. (adjective)
  • Logic Of a syllogism that contains a disjunction as one premise. (adjective)
  • Grammar A disjunctive conjunction. (noun)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "disjunctive" in a sentence
  • "This is what I call disjunctive politics, i.e., politics in which choices are made by the disjunctive syllogism: A or B; not A; therefore, B."
  • "In French, Louis XIV did not say L’état, c’est je; French has what they call the disjunctive pronoun so they can say C’est moi and Il est plus grand que moi."
  • "Sections 3 to 7 of this article attend to the notion of disjunctive and conjunctive predicates."