Definition of copulative in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈkɒpjʊlətɪv/


1 Grammar (Of a word) connecting words or clauses linked in sense. Compare with disjunctive.
Example sentences
  • 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.
1.1Connecting a subject and predicate.
2Relating to sexual intercourse.
Example sentences
  • According to the China Daily, some zoos have given Viagra to Chinese pandas to improve their copulative performance and save them from extinction.



Example sentences
  • A bed attachment and piece of furniture device is suitable for use generally and copulatively by an arm amputee or other handicapped individual who has lost effective use of one or both arms.


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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