attributive


at·trib·u·tive

adjective \ə-ˈtri-byə-tiv\

grammar : joined directly to a noun in order to describe it

Full Definition of ATTRIBUTIVE

1
:  relating to or of the nature of an attribute :  attributing
2
:  joined directly to a modified noun without a linking verb (as city in city streets)
attributive noun
at·trib·u·tive·ly adverb

Examples of ATTRIBUTIVE

  1. Red in red hair is an attributive adjective.
  2. In airplane pilot the noun airplane is attributive.

First Known Use of ATTRIBUTIVE

1606

Rhymes with ATTRIBUTIVE

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