Definition of subjunctive noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



BrE BrE//səbˈdʒʌŋktɪv//
; NAmE NAmE//səbˈdʒʌŋktɪv//
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the form (or mood ) of a verb that expresses wishes, possibility or uncertainty; a verb in this form The verb is in the subjunctive. In ‘I wish I were taller’, ‘were’ is a subjunctive. Word Originmid 16th cent.: from French subjonctif, -ive or late Latin subjunctivus, from subjungere (from sub- ‘in addition’ + jungere ‘to join’), rendering Greek hupotaktikos ‘subjoined’ (add comments at the end of a speech or text).

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