Gram. designating or of the mood of a verb that is used to express supposition, desire, hypothesis, possibility, etc., rather than to state an actual fact (Ex.: the mood of were in “if I were you”)
Origin of subjunctiveLate Latin subjunctivus ; from Classical Latin subjunctus, past participle of subjungere, to subjoin
- the subjunctive mood
- a verb in this mood
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. See Usage Note at if.
Origin of subjunctiveLate Latin subi&umacron;nct&imacron;vus, from Latin subi&umacron;nctus, past participle of subiungere, to subjoin, subordinate (translation of Greek hupotaktikos, subordinate, subjunctive); see subjoin.
(countable and uncountable, plural subjunctives)
- (grammar, uncountable) The subjunctive mood.
- (countable) A form in the subjunctive mood.