Definition of copulative in English:



  • 1Grammar
    (of a word) connecting words or clauses linked in sense.

    Compare with disjunctive
    • ‘Where the formula is used of persons, copulative verbs or expressions that denote ‘being in Christ’ are usually locative, whereas active verbs may be either locative or instrumental.’
    1. 1.1 Connecting a subject and predicate.
  • 2Relating to sexual intercourse.

    • ‘According to the China Daily, some zoos have given Viagra to Chinese pandas to improve their copulative performance and save them from extinction.’


Late Middle English: from Old French copulatif, -ive or late Latin copulativus, from copulat- ‘coupled’, from the verb copulare (see copulate).