Definition of Attributive

1. Adjective. Of adjectives; placed before the nouns they modify. "`red' is an attributive adjective in `a red apple'"

Exact synonyms: Prenominal
Category relationships: Grammar
Similar to: Attributive Genitive
Antonyms: Predicative

Definition of Attributive

1. a. Attributing; pertaining to, expressing, or assigning an attribute; of the nature of an attribute.

2. n. A word that denotes an attribute; esp. a modifying word joined to a noun; an adjective or adjective phrase.

Definition of Attributive

1. Adjective. (grammar of a word or phrase) Modifying a noun, while in the same phrase as that noun. ¹

2. Adjective. Having the nature of an attribute. ¹

3. Noun. (grammar) An attributive word or phrase (see above), ''contrasted with'' predicative. ¹

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Definition of Attributive

1. [n -S]

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Attributive

attributable fraction
attributable risk
attribution theory
attributional complexity
attributive (current term)
attributive adjective
attributive adjectives
attributive genitive
attributive noun
attributive nouns

Literary usage of Attributive

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1. A Greek Grammar for Schools and Colleges by Herbert Weir Smyth (1916)
"Prepositional phrases (787), adverbs with adjectival force (751), and attributive participles, have attributive position, ..."

2. A Grammar of the German Language: Designed for a Thoro and Practical Study by George Oliver Curme (1922)
"attributive adjective modifiers, which modify a noun or pronoun. 2. ... attributive Adjective Modifiers. 255. attributive adjective modifiers are treated as ..."

3. Syntax of Classical Greek from Homer to Demosthenes by Basil Lanneau Gildersleeve, Charles William Emil Miller (1911)
"DIFFERENCE BETWEEN attributive ADVERB AND ADJECTIVE.— The difference between the attributive adverb and the attributive adjective is the difference between ..."

4. English Grammar: The English Language in Its Elements and Forms ; with a by William Chauncey Fowler (1855)
"Thus, " The patriotic Washington wrote," or, " Washington the patriot wrote," contains an attributive combination. Whatever has already been said concerning ..."

5. An English Grammar: Methodical, Analytical, and Historical. With a Treatise by Eduard Adolf Ferdinand Maetzner (1874)
"attributive Determinations. The object is determinable in various modes. ... This is done by qualitative determinations, which the attributive adjective, ..."

6. A Practical Introduction to Greek Prose Composition by Thomas Kerchever Arnold (1849)
"THE attributive RELATION. An attributive notion is a notion that modifies a ... The attributive genitive receives different 497 names according to the ..."

7. Grammar of the Greek Language, for the Use of High Schools and Colleges by Raphael Kühner, Bela Bates Edwards (1844)
"The attributive genitive is named, according to the mode of its ... A deeper insight into the subject of the attributive Gen. may be best obtained in the ..."

8. Philological Studies: With English Illustrations by Josiah Willard Gibbs, Karl Ferdinand Becker (1857)
"I. The attributive genitive.—Concerning the attributive genitive in English, we observe, THERE are three forms of this attributive substantive to be noticed ..."

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