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

  • adj. Serving or tending to connect.
  • n. One that connects.
  • n. Grammar A word, such as a conjunction, that connects words, phrases, clauses, and sentences.
  • n. Botany The portion of a stamen that connects the halves of an anther.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. serving or tending to connect; connecting
  • n. That which connects.
  • n. A function that operates on truth values to give another truth value.
  • n. A word used to connect words, clauses and sentences, most commonly applied to conjunctions.
  • n. The tissue which connects the locules of an anthers together.
  • n. A connective tissue.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Connecting, or adapted to connect; involving connection.
  • n. A word that connect words or sentences; a conjunction or preposition.
  • n. That part of an anther which connects its thecæ, lobes, or cells.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Having the power of connecting; serving or tending to connect; connecting.
  • n. That which connects.

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

  • n. an uninflected function word that serves to conjoin words or phrases or clauses or sentences
  • n. an instrumentality that connects
  • adj. connecting or tending to connect

Etymologies

connect +‎ -ive, modeled after French connectif, from New Latin connectivus, from connectō ("I connect"); compare connect, connexive, connectivum, connection. (Wiktionary)

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