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con·junc·tion  audio  (kn-jngkshn) KEY 

NOUN:
    1. The act of joining.
    2. The state of being joined.
  1. A joint or simultaneous occurrence; concurrence: the conjunction of historical and economic forces that created a depression.
  2. One resulting from or embodying a union; a combination: "He is, in fact, a remarkable conjunction of talents" (Jerry Adler).
  3. Abbr. conj. Grammar
    1. The part of speech that serves to connect words, phrases, clauses, or sentences.
    2. Any of the words belonging to this part of speech, such as and, but, as, and because.
  4. Astronomy The position of two celestial bodies on the celestial sphere when they have the same celestial longitude.
  5. Logic
    1. A compound proposition that has components joined by the word and or its symbol and is true only if both or all the components are true.
    2. The relationship between the components of a conjunction.

ETYMOLOGY:
Middle English coniunccioun, from Old French conjunction, conjuncion, from Latin conincti, coninctin-, a joining, conjunction (in grammatical sense, translation of Greek sundesmos, binding together, conjunction), from coninctus, past participle of coniungere, to join ; see conjoin

OTHER FORMS:
con·junction·al(Adjective), con·junction·al·ly(Adverb)


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