descriptive adjective

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Related to descriptive adjective: proper adjective, Demonstrative adjective
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Noun1.descriptive adjective - an adjective that ascribes to its noun the value of an attribute of that noun (e.g., `a nervous person' or `a musical speaking voice')
adjective - a word that expresses an attribute of something
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The broader healthcare field has been talking about providing integrated care for some time now, but how can we move "integrated" from a descriptive adjective to an action verb?
Here's a descriptive adjective making its General Ramblings debut.
Joseph's Hospital changes an important descriptive adjective, but not the critical noun of its core mission of "faithful service." The tragedy is that the faithful will be denied the Eucharist through no fault of their own, as this particular mini-interdict continues to demonstrate the truly pompous insensitivity of power masquerading as leadership.
When any or all of the items (demonstrative, numeral, and descriptive adjective) precede the noun, they are always found in that order.
On second thought, we'll keep the last descriptive adjective. The 2007 Annual Meeting was clearly the most relevant of this decade--and perhaps the most transformative in many decades.
Elementary preservice teachers in a science methods class at a mid-sized public college in central New York State increased their descriptive vocabularies through a course assignment of making a descriptive adjective object box.
Proven is used as a descriptive adjective. A "proven" method.
As a Southern Baptist Convention Web site says, "The term 'homosexual' must be viewed as a descriptive adjective, not a fixed noun that can never change."
Granted, one could not imagine any descriptive adjective for The Curtis Institute that would be more valid than dignified, but fortunately, the levity of a special group of students gave balance to the seriousness of purpose that was always present, albeit cleverly hidden at times.
The same sentence immediately refers to "inferior" courts, but the correlative term would be "superior" rather than "supreme." (Is it significant that the word supreme isn't capitalized, which makes it look like a descriptive adjective rather than part of the name, or is that simply a peculiarity of orthography?) Particularly given the possibility that Congress might not have established the lower courts at all, what would the high court have been "supreme" over?
* Never use a trademark as a descriptive adjective ("Please make a Xerox copy").
In Phyllis Bixler's essay, "nurturant power" is part of the subject, but the word "nurturant" in one form or another is used in the Myers' essay at least nine times, when another descriptive adjective would do at least as well.

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