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[kuh-nek-tiv] /kəˈnɛk tɪv/
serving or tending to connect:
connective remarks between chapters.
something that connects.
Grammar. a word used to connect words, phrases, clauses, and sentences, as a conjunction.
Botany. the tissue joining the two cells of the anther.
Origin of connective
1645-55; connect + -ive
Related forms
connectively, adverb
[kon-ek-tiv-i-tee] /ˌkɒn ɛkˈtɪv ɪ ti/ (Show IPA),
nonconnective, adjective, noun
nonconnectively, adverb
nonconnectivity, noun
preconnective, adjective
quasi-connective, adjective
quasi-connectively, adverb Unabridged
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Examples from the web for connective
  • Stewing meat for long periods over low heat breaks down collagen and other connective tissues.
  • It is used as the connective tissue, for many the basic webbing upon which all sentences are formed.
  • Females have thick padding on their reproductive tract that's reinforced with strong, elastic connective tissue.
  • The syndrome results from variation in the gene that produces a protein that strengthens connective tissues of the body.
  • Normal skeletons collapse into piles of loose bones if the flesh and connective tissue that joined them in life are removed.
  • Silver skin is that layer of white, opaque connective tissue on any variety of meats.
  • Epithelial cells give rise to the outer enamel, while mesenchymal cells form a tooth's inner connective tissue and blood vessels.
  • The cells secrete collagen and other connective tissue molecules around the scaffolds, forming blood vessels.
  • For example, liver cells survive better outside the body if they have as neighbors cells from connective tissue.
  • Gelatin is a protein derived from collagen, the major component of the connective tissue of animals.
British Dictionary definitions for connective


serving to connect or capable of connecting
a thing that connects
(grammar, logic)
  1. a less common word for conjunction (sense 3)
  2. any word that connects phrases, clauses, or individual words
  3. a symbol used in a formal language in the construction of compound sentences from simpler sentences, corresponding to terms such as or, and, not, etc, in ordinary speech
(botany) the tissue of a stamen that connects the two lobes of the anther
(anatomy) a nerve-fibre bundle connecting two nerve centres
Derived Forms
connectively, adverb
connectivity (ˌkɒnɛkˈtɪvɪtɪ) noun
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Word Origin and History for connective

1650s, from connect + -ive (if from Latin, it likely would have been *connexive). Connective tissue is from 1839.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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connective in Technology

An operator used in logic to combine two logical formulas. See first order logic.
The Free On-line Dictionary of Computing, © Denis Howe 2010
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