subjunctive

Definitions:

  • Of, relating to, or being a mood of a verb used in some languages for contingent or hypothetical action, action viewed subjectively, or grammatically subordinate statements.
  • The subjunctive mood.
  • A subjunctive construction.
  • Subjoined or added to something before said or written.
  • In <em>grammar</em>, noting that mode of the verb by which is expressed condition, hypothesis, or contingency, and which is generally used in a clause subjoined or subordinate to another clause or verb, and preceded by one of certain conjunctions, especially (in English) <em>if</em> or <em>though</em>: as in the sentence “<em>if</em> that <em>be</em> the case, then I am wrong.”
  • In <em>grammar</em>, the subjunctive mode.
  • The subjunctive mood; also, a verb in the subjunctive mood.
  • Subjoined or added to something before said or written.
  • that form of a verb which express the action or state not as a fact, but only as a conception of the mind still contingent and dependent. It is commonly subjoined, or added as subordinate, to some other verb, and in English is often connected with it by <ex>if</ex>, <ex>that</ex>, <ex>though</ex>, <ex>lest</ex>, <ex>unless</ex>, <ex>except</ex>, <ex>until</ex>, etc., as in the following sentence: “<ex>If there were</ex> no honey, they [bees] <ex>would have</ex> no object in visiting the flower.” Lubbock. In some languages, as in Latin and Greek, the subjunctive is often independent of any other verb, being used in wishes, commands, exhortations, etc.
  • inflected to indicate that an act or state of being is possible, contingent or hypothetical, and not a fact. English examples include so <xref>be</xref> it; I <xref>wouldn’t</xref> if I <xref>were</xref> you; <xref>were</xref> I a younger man, I would fight back; I asked that he <xref>leave</xref>.
  • The <xref>subjunctive mood</xref>.
  • A form in the subjunctive mood.
  • a mood that represents an act or state (not as a fact but) as contingent or possible
  • relating to a mood of verbs
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