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Webster 1913 Edition


Subjunctive

Sub-junc′tive

,
Adj.
[L.
subjunctivus
, fr.
subjungere
,
subjunctum
, to subjoin: cf. F.
subjonctif
. See
Subjoin
.]
Subjoined or added to something before said or written.
Subjunctive mood
(Gram.)
,
that form of a verb which express the action or state not as a fact, but only as a conception of the mind still contingent and dependent. It is commonly subjoined, or added as subordinate, to some other verb, and in English is often connected with it by if, that, though, lest, unless, except, until, etc., as in the following sentence: “If there were no honey, they [bees] would have no object in visiting the flower.”
Lubbock.
In some languages, as in Latin and Greek, the subjunctive is often independent of any other verb, being used in wishes, commands, exhortations, etc.

Sub-junc′tive

,
Noun.
(Gram.)
The subjunctive mood; also, a verb in the subjunctive mood.

Webster 1828 Edition


Subjunctive

SUBJUNCTIVE

,
Adj.
[L. See Subjoin.]
1.
Subjoined or added to something before said or written.
2.
In grammar, designating a form of verbs which follow other verbs or words expressing condition, hypothesis or contingency; as, veni ut me videas, I came that you may see me; Si fecerint aequum, if they should do what is just.
3.
Subjunctive is often used as a noun, denoting the subjunctive mode.

Definition 2021


subjunctive

subjunctive

English

Examples (usages of verbs inflected in the subjunctive mood)

So be it.
I wouldn’t if I were you.
Were I a younger man, I would fight back.
I asked that he leave.

Adjective

subjunctive (not comparable)

  1. (grammar, of a verb) Inflected to indicate that an act or state of being is possible, contingent or hypothetical, and not a fact.

Translations

Noun

subjunctive (countable and uncountable, plural subjunctives)

  1. (grammar, uncountable) The subjunctive mood.
  2. (countable) A form in the subjunctive mood.

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Interlingua

Adjective

subjunctive

  1. subjunctive

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Latin

Adjective

subjunctīve

  1. vocative masculine singular of subjunctīvus