Definitions

from The Century Dictionary.

  • In an attributive manner; specifically, in grammar, as attribute or attributive; in direct ascription of quality or circumstance without predication.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • adverb In an attributive manner.

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  • adverb In an attributive manner.

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  • adverb in an attributive manner

Etymologies

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attributive +β€Ž -ly

Examples

  • "attributively," many other nouns are: think of bull rider, king crab, sperm bank.

    Word Court

  • An added complication is that in some cases (e.g. Earls in Earls Court) the - s noun may be a plural noun used attributively, i.e. acting as an adjective and therefore in no need of an apostrophe.

    Apostrophes in business names and place names

  • Newspaper headlines in particular like to use adjectives attributively, as it saves space.

    Archive 2010-05-01

  • Newspaper headlines in particular like to use adjectives attributively, as it saves space.

    On plural adjectives

  • I wonder if the expression "Alcoholics Anonymous" falls into the plural adjectives category, the nouns used attributively category, or both!

    On plural adjectives

  • Aren't these examples of nouns being used attributively?

    On plural adjectives

  • So one factor is whether the compound is being used attributively before a noun or not.

    On hyphenating, or not

  • So one factor is whether the compound is being used attributively before a noun or not.

    Archive 2007-04-01

  • For example, when speakers use a definite description in an utterance, they normally use it referentially (about a particular, known, intersubjectively recognisable) individual rather than attributively

    Defaults in Semantics and Pragmatics

  • The noun can be used attributively to do the work of an adjective: Robert Southey in 1812 denounced β€œthe venom and the virulence of the demagogue journalists.”

    The Right Word in the Right Place at the Right Time

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