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[aj-ik-tahy-vuh l] /ˌædʒ ɪkˈtaɪ vəl/
of, relating to, or used as an adjective.
describing by means of many adjectives; depending for effect on intensive qualification of subject matter, as a writer, style, or essay.
Origin of adjectival
1790-1800; adjective + -al1
Related forms
adjectivally, adverb
nonadjectival, adjective
nonadjectivally, adverb
preadjectival, adjective
preadjectivally, adverb Unabridged
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  • Harry's talents included a gift for telling stories eloquent with adjectival profanity.
  • The films are indelible, the surname is adjectival, and the silhouette of the portly profile is instantly recognizable.
  • We can see this sort of adjectival window-dressing in many of the comments posted here.
  • But again, his control slips, and the writing descends into adjectival incontinence.
  • Build adjectival terms from noun forms and explain how to verify their correctness.
  • The base incentive-fee targets are subjective in nature and are based on adjectival ratings.
  • Of these thirty four gifted children, twenty two were among those for whom behavior and adjectival ratings had been collected.
  • Adjectives and adjectival pronouns agree with nouns in number and gender.
  • adjectival adverbs are adjectives in the continuative form, as mentioned above.
  • Convergent is the adjectival form, and also a noun meaning an iterative approximation.
Word Origin and History for adjectival

1797, from adjective + -al (1).

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Euphemistic substitute for an expletive adjective: You adjectival idiot! (1850+)

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
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