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  • adv. In an attributive manner.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adv. In an attributive manner.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

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

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  • adv. in an attributive manner


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attributive +‎ -ly


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

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  • 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.

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

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

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

    On plural adjectives

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

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  • 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

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

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  • In fact, woman appears in dictionaries either as an adjective in addition to a noun or with the notation that the noun is often used attributively.

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  • I also had a very good reason for not wanting to change, because we had the equivalent of the White House correspondents, they're called lobby correspondents, because they lobby ministers, 150 of them, they all go to the same briefings, given non-attributively by the prime minister's press secretary.



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