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.

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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Cite this Entry

“Attributive.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/attributive. Accessed 21 May. 2022.

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