connective

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

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connective (not comparable)

  1. serving or tending to connect; connecting
    • 1919, Boris Sidis, The Source and Aim of Human Progress:
      Society is doomed to an ignominious death as soon as the connective tissue of institutions and the ossified material of officialdom with its rank growth of unyielding red tape and formalism begin to spread, choking, and strangling the free, personal life of the individual.

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connective (plural connectives)

  1. That which connects.
  2. (logic) A function that operates on truth values to give another truth value.
  3. (grammar) A word used to connect words, clauses and sentences, most commonly applied to conjunctions.
  4. (botany) The tissue which connects the locules of an anthers together.
  5. (anatomy, zoology) A connective tissue.

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