from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- adj. Of, relating to, or functioning as an adjective.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- adj. Of or relating to procedure, especially to technicalities thereof.
- n. An adjectival phrase or clause.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- adj. Of or relating to the relating to the adjective; of the nature of an adjective; adjective.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Belonging to or like an adjective; having the import of an adjective.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- adj. of or relating to or functioning as an adjective
Gonzales apparently thought no one would read beyond the overly clever, first-word adjectival euphemism in the memo's title: Humane Treatment of al-Qaeda and Taliban Detainees.
To do that, you need either these intensifiers (hen3, zhen1 etc.) or a so-called adjectival verb (don't worry ...) like gao1 (tall) gui4 (expensive) or xiao3 (small).
Intransitive verbs may similarly be formed from "adjectival" roots, and indicate the acquiring of the characteristic or quality expressed in the root: lacigxi, to become tired, to get tired. varmigxi, to become warm, to get warm. maljunigxi, to become old, to age.
American dictionaries usually tilt in the other direction, giving the concept as a one-word adjective, deluxe, and noting the French adjectival phrase from which it arose.
In Irish, the adjectival phrase go leόr, meaning “enough,” comes after the words it modifies.
[I] t seems self-evident that any adjectival phrase in the form “A or B” necessarily encompasses a broader sweeep than a phrase in the form “A and B.”
Its title, a statement in its own right and an adjectival phrase, is a typical Emin reflexive.
Note about descriptions: I much prefer adjectival descriptions, rather than numerical.
Prokofiev 1891-1953 has been saddled with both terms, usually with "ironic" or "sardonic" added as adjectival stiffeners: pleasure with salt.
All of them say the same thing, that stanch is the more common verbal spelling and that staunch is the more common adjectival spelling, but that the two are interchangeable.
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