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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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