(2) Any of two or more items connected by a disjunctive conjunction (or). See disjunction.
Etymology:From the Latin, "to separate"
Examples and Observations (Definition #1):
- "Strangely enough, they have a mind to till the soil, and the love of possessions is a disease in them."
- Regrettably, the book was not well served by its proof-readers.
- "Fortunately analysis is not the only way to resolve inner conflicts. Life itself still remains a very effective therapist."
- "Sadly, one of the problems with being on public radio is that people tend to think you're being sincere all the time."
- "There are two kinds of disjuncts: style disjuncts and content disjuncts. Style disjuncts express comments by speakers on the style or manner in which they are speaking: frankly as in Frankly, you have no chance of winning (= I am telling you this frankly); personally in Personally, I'd have nothing to do with them; with respect in With respect, it is not up to you to decide; if I may say so in They are rather rude, if I may say so; because she told me so in She won't be there, because she told me so (= I know that because she told me so). Content disjuncts comment on the content of what is being said. The most common express degrees of certainty and doubt as to what is being said: perhaps in Perhaps you can help me; undoubtedly in Undoubtedly, she is the winner; obviously in Obviously, she has no wish to help us."
(Sidney Greenbaum, "Adverbial," The Oxford Companion to the English Language, ed. Tom McArthur, Oxford Univ. Press, 1992)