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sub•junc•tive /səbˈdʒʌŋktɪv/USA pronunciationadj. 
  • Grammarof or being a grammatical mood typically used for subjective, doubtful, hypothetical (contrary to fact), or grammatically subordinate statements or questions, as the mood of be in if I were a rich man. Compare imperative (def. 2),imperative d="3"indicative (def. 2).indicative

  • n. [countable]
  • Grammarthe subjunctive mood.
  • Grammara verb form in the subjunctive mood.
  • See -junc-.

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    subjunctive /səbˈdʒʌŋktɪv/ adj
    1. denoting a mood of verbs used when the content of the clause is being doubted, supposed, feared true, etc, rather than being asserted. The rules for its use and the range of meanings it may possess vary considerably from language to language. In the following sentence, were is in the subjunctive: I'd think very seriously about that if I were you
      Compare indicative
    1. the subjunctive mood
    2. a verb in this mood
    Etymology: 16th Century: via Late Latin subjunctīvus, from Latin subjungere to subjoin

    subˈjunctively adv

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