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copulative

[kop-yuh-ley-tiv, -luh-tiv] /ˈkɒp yəˌleɪ tɪv, -lə tɪv/
adjective
1.
serving to unite or couple.
2.
Grammar.
  1. involving or consisting of connected words or clauses:
    a copulative sentence.
  2. pertaining to or serving as a copula; serving to connect subject and complement:
    a copulative verb.
  3. serving to connect nouns, noun phrases, verbs, clauses, etc.:
    a copulative conjunction.
  4. of the dvandva type: Bittersweet is a copulative compound.
3.
of or pertaining to sexual intercourse.
noun
4.
Grammar. a copulative word.
Origin
1350-1400
1350-1400; Middle English copulatif < Latin cōpulātīvus. See copulate, -ive
Related forms
copulatively, adverb
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British Dictionary definitions for copulative

copulative

/ˈkɒpjʊlətɪv/
adjective
1.
serving to join or unite
2.
of or characteristic of copulation
3.
(grammar) (of a verb) having the nature of a copula
Derived Forms
copulatively, adverb
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