from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

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

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. Not connected. Separated
  • adj. Of a personal pronoun, not used in immediate conjunction with the verb of which the pronoun is the subject, examples:
  • n. A disjunction.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Tending to disjoin; separating; disjoining.
  • adj. Pertaining to disjunct tetrachords.
  • n. A disjunctive conjunction.
  • n. A disjunctive proposition.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Serving or tending to disjoin; separating; dividing; distinguishing: as, a disjunctive conjunction.
  • Incapable of joining or uniting.
  • Comprising or marked by a disjunction or separation of parts.
  • In music, pertaining to disjunct tetrachords: as, a disjunctive interval
  • n. In grammar, a word that disjoins; a disjunctive conjunction, as or, nor, neither.
  • n. In logic, a disjunctive proposition.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adj. serving or tending to divide or separate


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  • 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.

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  • Duchamp's combinations are deliberately disjunctive.

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