attributive

adjective at·trib·u·tive \ ə-ˈtri-byə-tiv \

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.

attributive

noun

attributively

adverb
    • a noun being used attributively

Examples of attributive in a Sentence

  1. “Red” in “red hair” is an attributive adjective.

  2. 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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Definition of attributive for English Language Learners

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


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