Definition of Adjective

1. Noun. A word that expresses an attribute of something.

2. Adjective. Of or relating to or functioning as an adjective. "An adjective clause"
Exact synonyms: Adjectival

3. Noun. The word class that qualifies nouns.
Generic synonyms: Major Form Class
Derivative terms: Adjectival

4. Adjective. Relating to court practice and procedure as opposed to the principles of law. "Adjective law"
Exact synonyms: Procedural
Category relationships: Jurisprudence, Law
Antonyms: Substantive
Derivative terms: Procedure

Definition of Adjective

1. a. Added to a substantive as an attribute; of the nature of an adjunct; as, an adjective word or sentence.

2. n. A word used with a noun, or substantive, to express a quality of the thing named, or something attributed to it, or to limit or define it, or to specify or describe a thing, as distinct from something else. Thus, in phrase, "a wise ruler," wise is the adjective, expressing a property of ruler.

3. v. t. To make an adjective of; to form or change into an adjective.

Definition of Adjective

1. Adjective. (obsolete) Incapable of independent function. ¹

2. Adjective. (grammar) Adjectival; pertaining to or functioning as an adjective. ¹

3. Adjective. (legal) Applying to methods of enforcement and rules of procedure. ¹

4. Adjective. (chemistry) Of a dye that needs the use of a mordant to be made fast to that which is being dyed. ¹

5. Noun. (grammar) A word that modifies a noun or describes a noun’s referent. ¹

6. Verb. (transitive) To make an adjective of; to form or convert into an adjective. ¹

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Definition of Adjective

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Adjective

adjectival noun
adjectival nouns
adjectival phrase
adjective (current term)
adjective phrase
adjective phrases

Literary usage of Adjective

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1. A Grammar of the German Language: Designed for a Thoro and Practical Study by George Oliver Curme (1922)
"The adverb has usually exactly the same form as the uninflected form of the adjective. Only in earlier periods of the language were they distinguished in ..."

2. An Advanced English Grammar: With Exercises by George Lyman Kittredge, Frank Edgar Farley (1913)
"Use the following words in sentences of your own: — Sleep (noun, verb); dry (adjective, verb, noun); very (adverb, adjective); express (noun, verb, ..."

3. A Sanskrit Grammar: Including Both the Classical Language, and the Older by William Dwight Whitney (1913)
"An adjective Is now and then qualified by another adjective: eg ... Secondary adjective Compound.. 1292. a. A compound having a noun as its final member ..."

4. Crabb's English Synonyms by George Crabb (1917)
"EPITHET, adjective. Epithet is the technical term of the rhetorician; adjective that of the grammarian. The same word is an epithet as it qualifies the ..."

5. English Grammar: Adapted to the Different Classes of Learners : with an by Lindley Murray (1809)
"Of the adjective Pronouns. , adjective Pronouns are of a mixed nature, ... The adjective pronouns may be subdivided into four sorts, namely, the possessive, ..."

6. English Synonymes Explained in Alphabetical Order: With Copious by George Crabb (1881)
"EPITHET is the technical term of the rhetorician; adjective that of the grammarian. The same word is an epi- tliet as it qualifies the sense ; it is an ..."

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