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1. A verb, such as a form of be or seem, that identifies the predicate of a sentence with the subject. Also called linking verb.
2. Logic The word or set of words that serves as a link between the subject and predicate of a proposition.

[Latin cōpula, link.]

cop′u·lar (-lər) adj.
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Adj.1.copular - of or relating to a copula; "a copular verb"
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