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attributive

[uh-trib-yuh-tiv] /əˈtrɪb yə tɪv/
adjective
1.
pertaining to or having the character of attribution or an attribute.
2.
Grammar. of or pertaining to an adjective or noun that is directly adjacent to, in English usually preceding, the noun it modifies, without any intervening linking verb, as the adjective sunny in a sunny day or the noun television in a television screen.
noun
3.
Grammar. an attributive word, especially an adjective.
Origin
1600-1610
1600-10
Related forms
attributively, adverb
attributiveness, noun
nonattributive, adjective
nonattributively, adverb
nonattributiveness, noun
unattributive, adjective
unattributively, adverb
unattributiveness, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for attributive

attributive

/əˈtrɪbjʊtɪv/
adjective
1.
relating to an attribute
2.
(grammar) (of an adjective or adjectival phrase) modifying a noun and constituting part of the same noun phrase, in English normally preceding the noun, as black in Fido is a black dog (as opposed to Fido is black) Compare predicative
3.
(philosophy) relative to an understood domain, as small in that elephant is small
noun
4.
an attributive adjective
Derived Forms
attributively, adverb
attributiveness, noun
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Word Origin and History for attributive
adj.

c.1600, from French attributif, from stem of Latin attributus (see attribute (v.)). As a noun, in grammar, from 1750. Related: Attributively; attributiveness.

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