relating to a mood of verbs expressing what is imagined or wished or possible and is used to express doubt or unlikelihood

It is important to be aware, that the German constructs are called Konjunktiv I and Konjunktiv II and are used for a variety of purposes, like

  • wishing form
  • polite request
  • indirect speech

Differences from the purposes of the English subjunctive exist and should be looked up in a grammar in case of doubt.