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n. Abbr. a. or adj.
1. The part of speech that modifies a noun or other substantive by limiting, qualifying, or specifying and distinguished in English morphologically by one of several suffixes, such as -able, -ous, -er, and -est, or syntactically by position directly preceding a noun or nominal phrase.
2. Any of the words belonging to this part of speech, such as white in the phrase a white house.
1. Adjectival: an adjective clause.
2. Law Specifying the processes by which rights are enforced, as opposed to the establishing of such rights; remedial: adjective law.
3. Not standing alone; derivative or dependent.

[Middle English, from Old French adjectif, from Late Latin adiectīvus, from adiectus, past participle of adicere, to add to : ad-, ad- + iacere, to throw; see yē- in Indo-European roots.]

ad′jec·tive·ly adv.
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Adv.1.adjectively - as an adjective; "nouns are frequently used adjectively"
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