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. 1.1Connecting 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).