One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
(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 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).
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