Definition of “subjunctive” - English Dictionary


(Definition of “subjunctive” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

“subjunctive” in American English

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subjunctivenoun [ U ]

us /səbˈdʒʌŋk·tɪv/

grammar the mood (= form) of a verb used to refer to actions that are possibilities rather than facts:

In the sentence "I wish I were rich," the verb "were" is in the subjunctive.

(Definition of “subjunctive” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)