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proper adjective

Proper adjectives, like all adjectives, modify nouns, but they are different from other adjectives because they are actually formed from proper nouns.
They are often made from the names of cities, countries, or regions to describe where something comes from, but they can also be formed from the names of religions, brands, or even individuals.
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proper adjective

n.
An adjective formed from a proper noun.

prop′er ad′jective



n.
an adjective formed from a proper noun, as American from America.
[1900–05]
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Trademarks are proper adjectives, never nouns, and at least once in every context in which they appear trademarks should be followed by, and modify, the generic names of the goods and services they identify To determine in any context whether a trademark is being used correctly as a proper adjective, apply the "brand role": trademark + "brand" + generic identifier.
A trade name can be adapted for use as a trademark to identify the goods and service of a business, but distinguishing between a proper noun trade name use and a proper adjective trademark use becomes increasingly important.
Needed here is proper adjective Belgian, which can cross-dress as the noun identifying a native or inhabitant.
In David Tytell's article "Titan: A Whole New World" (April issue, page 34), it was refreshing to see the proper adjectives used to describe the observations made by the Huygens probe.
Trade Marks are Adjectives Trade marks are proper adjectives which modify nouns, in this case, the generic term for the product or service.