Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Tending to subordinate; causing, implying, or expressing subordination or dependence.
- adj. Tending to subordinate; expressing subordination.
- adj. grammar Used to introduce a subordinate sentence.
GNU Webster's 1913
- adj. Tending to subordinate; expressing subordination; used to introduce a subordinate sentence.
- adj. serving to connect a subordinate clause to a main clause
“It is protective rather than subordinative, traditional and rooted rather than aggressive and despotic.”
“But in the LXX, even when the former clause is introduced by a subordinative conjunction, kai still follows in the latter, e.g. -”
“The common relations between sentences indicated by conjunctions are coördinative, subordinative, adversative, concessive, and illative.”
“Grammatically, _but_ may be regarded as a subordinative conjunction = 'unless (it had happened) that I was despatched': or, taking it in its original prepositional sense, we may regard it as governing the substantive clause, 'that ... guard.' ~quick command~: the adjective has the force of an adverb, quick commands being commands that are to be carried quickly. ~sovran~, supreme.”
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