from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. Grammar 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.
- adj. Grammar Of, relating to, or being an attributive, as an adjective.
- adj. Of or having the nature of an attribution or attribute.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- adj. Modifying a noun, while in the same phrase as that noun.
- adj. Having the nature of an attribute.
- n. An attributive word or phrase (see above), contrasted with predicative.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- adj. Attributing; pertaining to, expressing, or assigning an attribute; of the nature of an attribute.
- n. A word that denotes an attribute; esp. a modifying word joined to a noun; an adjective or adjective phrase.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Pertaining to or having the character of attribution: as, the attributive use or relation of certain words; attributive qualities or insignia; an attributive judgment (in logic).
- In grammar, pertaining to or expressing an attribute; used (as a word) in direct description without predication: as, a bad pen, a burning house, a ruined man.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- adj. of adjectives; placed before the nouns they modify
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