attributive

adjective
at·​trib·​u·​tive | \ ə-ˈtri-byə-tiv How to pronounce attributive (audio) \

Definition of attributive

1 : relating to or of the nature of an attribute : attributing
2 grammar : joined directly to a modified noun without a linking verb (such as city in city streets) an attributive adjective The "apple" of "apple pie" is not an adjective but an attributive noun.

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Other Words from attributive

attributive noun
attributively adverb
a noun being used attributively

Examples of attributive in a Sentence

“Red” in “red hair” is an attributive adjective. In “airplane pilot” the noun “airplane” is attributive.

First Known Use of attributive

1606, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of attributive was in 1606

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“Attributive.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/attributive. Accessed 9 May. 2021.

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attributive

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of attributive

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

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