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attributive adjective

Attributive adjectives are adjectives that describe a characteristic (or attribute) of the noun or pronoun that they modify. They form part of a noun phrase, appearing immediately before (or sometimes after) the noun in a sentence.
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A word or word group, such as an adjective, that is placed adjacent to the noun it modifies without a linking verb; for example, pale in the pale girl.
1. Grammar Of, relating to, or being an attributive, as an adjective.
2. Of or having the nature of an attribution or attribute.

at·trib′u·tive·ly adv.


1. relating to an attribute
2. (Grammar) grammar (of an adjective or adjectival phrase) modifying a noun and constituting part of the same noun phrase, in English normally preceding the noun, as black in Fido is a black dog (as opposed to Fido is black). Compare predicative
3. (Philosophy) philosophy relative to an understood domain, as small in that elephant is small
(Grammar) an attributive adjective
atˈtributively adv
atˈtributiveness n


(əˈtrɪb yə tɪv)

1. pertaining to or having the character of attribution or an attribute.
2. of or pertaining to an adjective or noun that is directly adjacent to, in English usu. preceding, the noun it modifies as the adjective sunny in a sunny day or the noun television in a television screen.
3. an attributive word, esp. an adjective.
at•trib′u•tive•ly, adv.


A word or group of words that modifies a noun to which it is immediately adjacent.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.attributive - of adjectives; placed before the nouns they modify; "`red' is an attributive adjective in `a red apple'"
grammar - the branch of linguistics that deals with syntax and morphology (and sometimes also deals with semantics)
predicative - of adjectives; relating to or occurring within the predicate of a sentence; "`red' is a predicative adjective in `the apple is red'"


[əˈtrɪbjʊtɪv] ADJ (Ling) → atributivo


nAttributiv nt


[əˈtrɪbjʊtɪv] adj (Gram) → attributivo/a
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Since Kota also has paj 'pig' (see [sections]9 below), the undesirable conflicting homonymy has been relieved by an attributive compounded with paj 'lizard'.
Drawing on some work in Russian reflexivization by Timberlake (1980), Saxon argues that while (73a) can support both a referential and an attributive reading, (73b) can support only a referential reading.
Yamamoto states that Dickens's sentences, generally speaking, are "solidly constructed" as attributive to the influence of 18th--century novels and sometimes lack that genial flow of style which is common to Victorian English.
The problem deserves special discussion, but what is evident for this review is that this kind of composing of two substantives in Udmurt are erroneously attested as possessive: these are attributive constructions.
2] and its variations, Yue (1998) has outlined a historical evolution of the "possessive/attributive marker" zhi, from its supposed verbal origin meaning "to go," to its deictic function, and finally to its attributive function.
Some attributive adjectives may also occur prenominally (compare [15a] and [15b]), sometimes causing a change in meaning (compare [15c] and [15d]).
As an attributive, thus circumstantial to a nominal, with a scent introduces a node above the node projected by the {N} of the complex nominal realised as flowers.
In those terms the objects are specified by an attributive component to show the function and added to liina as the basic component, e.
313 of Hippostratus: [CHARACTERS NOT REPRODUCIBLE IN ASCII TEXT] = Maharajasa tratarasa mahatasa jayamitasa, where the equivalent of [CHARACTERS NOT REPRODUCIBLE IN ASCII TEXT] is clearly the separate attributive mahatasa.
15) Parameters of differentiation of propositionally elaborated secondary predictions Arguments (actants) Syntactic function Attributive Adverbial Same as in main scenario Different from main scenario
If a connection between an adjective and a noun is indirect, it has to be attributive unless the adjective contains elements having to do notionally with strength ('strong' or 'not strong').
I will focus on the frequency and etymological origin of adjectives in early medical prose as an indicator of the level of orality of texts (or their relation to the oral register, rather) and try to see whether this hypothesis has any relation with the position the attributive adjective occupied in the Noun Phrase, assuming that a structure in which the adjective precedes the noun would be considered the standard one in Middle English NPs.