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disjunctive

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Definition lacking connection; or tending to divide or separate

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  • a disjunctive cocktail of small talk and profundity
  • disjunctive storytelling
  • An anaphase calcium signal controls chromosome disjunction.
  • (editor's note:  The suffix "-tion", converts a verb into a noun that denotes the action or result of the verb. Typically, there is a slight change in the ending of the root verb, as in action, education, and observation.)
  • We sense the disjunction between what books ought to be and the function assigned to them here by Forster.
    Thomas C. Foster  --  How to Read Literature Like a Professor
  • (editor's note:  The suffix "-tion", converts a verb into a noun that denotes the action or result of the verb. Typically, there is a slight change in the ending of the root verb, as in action, education, and observation.)
  • The sweet intact child with golden ringlets and perfectly paired strong legs, or the dark mute adolescent dragging a stubborn, disjunct half-body.
    Barbara Kingsolver  --  The Poisonwood Bible
  • The sudden wave of panic that rose in Langdon was a frenzy of disjunct fears.
    Dan Brown  --  Angels & Demons
  • Words in debate were one thing, the war quite another, but to Adams independence and the war were never disjunctive.
    David McCullough  --  John Adams
  • I closed my eyes and went over the propositional calculus, trying to visualize the truth . tables for conjunction, disjunction, equivalence, and material implication.
    Chaim Potok  --  The Chosen
  • (editor's note:  The suffix "-tion", converts a verb into a noun that denotes the action or result of the verb. Typically, there is a slight change in the ending of the root verb, as in action, education, and observation.)
  • Apart from it being tactically the right thing to do, this disjunction between the man and his job helped Comrade Pillai to keep his conscience clear about his own private business dealings with Chacko.
    Arundhati Roy  --  The God of Small Things
  • (editor's note:  The suffix "-tion", converts a verb into a noun that denotes the action or result of the verb. Typically, there is a slight change in the ending of the root verb, as in action, education, and observation.)
  • ...to him, which is Your gracious self, embrace but my direction,— If your more ponderous and settled project May suffer alteration,—on mine honour, I'll point you where you shall have such receiving As shall become your highness; where you may Enjoy your mistress,—from the whom, I see, There's no disjunction to be made, but by, As heavens forfend! your ruin,—marry her; And,—with my best endeavours in your absence— Your discontenting father strive to qualify, And bring him up to liking.
    William Shakespeare  --  The Winter's Tale
  • (editor's note:  The suffix "-tion", converts a verb into a noun that denotes the action or result of the verb. Typically, there is a slight change in the ending of the root verb, as in action, education, and observation.)
  • ...as a result of what Anne said to me, I had gone down to the slums and seen the old man, the not very tall man who had once been stocky but whose face now drooped in puffy gray folds beneath the gray hair, with the steel-rimmed spectacles hanging on the end of the nose, and whose shoulders, thin now and snowed with dandruff, sagged down as with the pull of the apparently disjunctive, careful belly which made the vest of his black suit pop up above the belt and the slack-hanging pants.
    Robert Penn Warren  --  All the King's Men
  • Disjuncted sex from love.
    Arundhati Roy  --  The God of Small Things
  • The chaplain was the only officer attached to Group Headquarters who did not reside in the moldering red-stone Group Headquarters building itself or in any of the smaller satellite structures that rose about the grounds in disjuncted relationship.
    Joseph Heller  --  Catch-22
  • I was used to not seeing data from Lieutenant Skaaiat, but this disjunction between her demeanor and the seriousness of the situation—Lieutenant Awn's still-extreme distress, and, to be honest, my own discomfort at events—made her seem oddly flat and unreal to me.
    Ann Leckie  --  Ancillary Justice
  • (editor's note:  The suffix "-tion", converts a verb into a noun that denotes the action or result of the verb. Typically, there is a slight change in the ending of the root verb, as in action, education, and observation.)
  • ...saw the black-clothed figure through the dingy glass of the door; then the door pushed open and he entered, older than I remembered, the white patches of hair hanging damply from under the old Panama hat, the steel-rimmed spectacles dangerously loose on the nose and the pale eyes behind, the shoulders stooped and drawn together as though pulled by the obscene, disjunctive, careful weight of the belly, as though it were the heavy tray, or satchel, worn by some hawker on a street corner.
    Robert Penn Warren  --  All the King's Men

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