from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

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

from The Century Dictionary.

  • 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
  • noun In grammar, a word that disjoins; a disjunctive conjunction, as or, nor, neither.
  • noun In logic, a disjunctive proposition.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • adjective Tending to disjoin; separating; disjoining.
  • adjective (Mus.) Pertaining to disjunct tetrachords.
  • adjective (Gram.) one connecting grammatically two words or clauses, expressing at the same time an opposition or separation inherent in the notions or thoughts; as, either, or, neither, nor, but, although, except, lest, etc.
  • adjective a proposition in which the parts are connected by disjunctive conjunctions, specifying that one of two or more propositions may hold, but that no two propositions may hold at the same time; as it is either day or night.
  • adjective (Logic) one in which the major proposition is disjunctive; as, the earth moves in a circle or an ellipse; but in does not move in a circle, therefore it moves in an ellipse.
  • noun (Gram.) A disjunctive conjunction.
  • noun (Logic) A disjunctive proposition.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

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

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

  • adjective serving or tending to divide or separate


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