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connective

[kuh-nek-tiv] /kəˈnɛk tɪv/
adjective
1.
serving or tending to connect:
connective remarks between chapters.
noun
2.
something that connects.
3.
Grammar. a word used to connect words, phrases, clauses, and sentences, as a conjunction.
4.
Botany. the tissue joining the two cells of the anther.
Origin
1645-1655
1645-55; connect + -ive
Related forms
connectively, adverb
connectivity
[kon-ek-tiv-i-tee] /ˌkɒn ɛkˈtɪv ɪ ti/ (Show IPA),
noun
nonconnective, adjective, noun
nonconnectively, adverb
nonconnectivity, noun
preconnective, adjective
quasi-connective, adjective
quasi-connectively, adverb
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British Dictionary definitions for connectively

connective

/kəˈnɛktɪv/
adjective
1.
serving to connect or capable of connecting
noun
2.
a thing that connects
3.
(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
4.
(botany) the tissue of a stamen that connects the two lobes of the anther
5.
(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 connectively

connective

adj.

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

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