attributive

attributive

[uh-trib-yuh-tiv]
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:
1600–10

attributively, adverb
attributiveness, noun
nonattributive, adjective
nonattributively, adverb
nonattributiveness, noun
unattributive, adjective
unattributively, adverb
unattributiveness, noun
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attributive (əˈtrɪbjʊtɪv)
 
adj
1.  relating to an attribute
2.  grammar Compare predicative (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)
3.  philosophy relative to an understood domain, as small in that elephant is small
 
n
4.  an attributive adjective
 
at'tributively
 
adv
 
at'tributiveness
 
n

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