AskDefine | Define conjunction

Dictionary Definition



1 the temporal property of two things happening at the same time; "the interval determining the coincidence gate is adjustable" [syn: concurrence, coincidence, co-occurrence]
2 the state of being joined together [syn: junction, conjugation, colligation]
3 an uninflected function word that serves to conjoin words or phrases or clauses or sentences [syn: conjunctive, connective]
4 the grammatical relation between linguistic units (words or phrases or clauses) that are connected by a conjunction
5 (astronomy) apparent meeting or passing of two or more celestial bodies in the same degree of the zodiac [syn: alignment]
6 something that joins or connects [syn: junction]

User Contributed Dictionary



Via Old French from coniūnctiō, joining, from coniungere, to join.



  1. The act of joining, or condition of being joined.
  2. Sexual intercourse.
    • 1603, John Florio, translating Michel de Montaigne, Essays, vol. 1 ch. 29:
      Certaine Nations (and amongst others, the Mahometane) abhorre Conjunction with women great with childe.
  3. A word used to join other words or phrases together into sentences. The specific conjunction used shows how the two joined parts are related.
  4. The alignment of two bodies in the solar system such that they have the same longitude when seen from Earth.
  5. An aspect in which planets are in close proximity to one another.
  6. In the context of "logic": The proposition resulting from the combination of two or more propositions using the (\and) operator.

Related terms


act of joining or being joined
  • Chinese:
    Cantonese: ,
    Mandarin: 结合, 結合 (jié hé), 连接,連接 (lián jiē)
  • Finnish: liittäminen, yhdistäminen
  • Greek: σύνδεση
  • Japanese: 結合, 接合, 接続, 連接
  • Polish: łączenie, połączenie
  • Portuguese: conjunção
  • Russian: союз, связь
grammar: word used to join words or phrases
astronomy: alignment of two bodies in the solar system such that they have the same longitude when seen from Earth
logic: proposition resulting from the combination of two or more propositions using the and operator
  • Czech: konjunkce
  • Esperanto: konjunkcio
  • French: conjonction
  • German: Konjunktion
  • Japanese: 連接
  • Portuguese: conjunção
  • Russian: конъюнкция
  • Swedish: konjunktion

See also

Extensive Definition

Conjunction can refer to:
conjunction in Catalan: Conjunció
conjunction in Czech: Konjunkce
conjunction in Danish: Konjunktion
conjunction in German: Konjunktion (Begriffsklärung)
conjunction in Spanish: Conjunción
conjunction in French: Conjonction
conjunction in Galician: Conxunción
conjunction in Dutch: Conjunctie
conjunction in Japanese: コンジャンクション
conjunction in Norwegian: Konjunksjon (andre betydninger)
conjunction in Polish: Koniunkcja
conjunction in Slovak: Konjunkcia
conjunction in Slovenian: Konjunkcija
conjunction in Finnish: Konjunktio
conjunction in Swedish: Konjunktion

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

Anschluss, abutment, abuttal, accompaniment, accordance, addition, adjacency, adjectival, adjective, adjoiningness, adverb, adverbial, adversative conjunction, affiliation, agglomeration, agglutination, aggregation, agreement, alliance, amalgamation, apposition, appulse, articulation, assimilation, association, attributive, blend, blending, bond, bracketing, cabal, cahoots, cartel, centralization, clustering, co-working, coaction, coalescence, coalition, coincidence, collaboration, collectivity, collusion, combination, combine, combined effort, combo, communication, composition, concatenation, concert, concerted action, concomitance, concordance, concourse, concurrence, confederacy, confederation, confluence, congeries, conglomeration, conjugation, conjunctive adverb, connection, consilience, consolidation, conspiracy, conterminousness, contiguity, convergence, cooperation, coordinating conjunction, copulation, copulative, copulative conjunction, correlative conjunction, correspondence, coterminousness, coupling, disjunctive, disjunctive conjunction, ecumenism, embodiment, encompassment, enosis, exclamatory noun, federalization, federation, form class, form word, function class, fusion, gathering, gerundive, hookup, inclusion, incorporation, integration, intercommunication, intercourse, interjection, interlinking, joinder, joining, jointure, junction, junta, juxtaposition, knotting, league, liaison, linkage, linking, marriage, meeting, meld, melding, merger, merging, package, package deal, pairing, parasitism, part of speech, participle, particle, partnership, past participle, perfect participle, perigee, perihelion, preposition, present participle, saprophytism, simultaneity, solidification, splice, subordinating conjunction, symbiosis, synchronism, syncretism, syndication, syneresis, synergy, synthesis, syzygy, tie, tie-in, tie-up, unification, union, united action, verbal adjective, wedding, yoking
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