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Meaning of ADJECTIVE

Pronunciation:  'ajiktiv

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [n]  the word class that qualifies nouns
  2. [n]  a word that expresses an attribute of something
  3. [adj]  (law) applying to methods of enforcement and rules of procedure; "adjective law"
  4. [adj]  of or relating to or functioning as an adjective; "adjectival syntax"; "an adjective clause"

ADJECTIVE is a 9 letter word that starts with A.


 Synonyms: adjectival, procedural
 Antonyms: essential, substantive
 See Also: classifying adjective, comparative, descriptive adjective, major form class, modifier, qualifier, qualifying adjective, relational adjective, superlative



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \Ad"jec*tive\ ([a^]d"j[e^]k*t[i^]v), a. [See
    {Adjective}, n.]
    1. Added to a substantive as an attribute; of the nature of
       an adjunct; as, an adjective word or sentence.
    2. Not standing by itself; dependent.
    {Adjective color}, a color which requires to be fixed by some
       mordant or base to give it permanency.
    3. Relating to procedure. ``The whole English law,
       substantive and adjective.'' --Macaulay.
  2. \Ad"jec*tive\, n. [L. adjectivum (sc. nomen), neut. of
    adjectivus that is added, fr. adjicere: cf. F. adjectif. See
    1. (Gram.) A word used with a noun, or substantive, to
       express a quality of the thing named, or something
       attributed to it, or to limit or define it, or to specify
       or describe a thing, as distinct from something else.
       Thus, in phrase, ``a wise ruler,'' wise is the adjective,
       expressing a property of ruler.
    2. A dependent; an accessory. --Fuller.
  3. \Ad"jec*tive\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Adjectived}; p.
    pr. & vb. n. {Adjectiving}.]
    To make an adjective of; to form or change into an adjective.
          Language has as much occasion to adjective the distinct
          signification of the verb, and to adjective also the
          mood, as it has to adjective time. It has . . .
          adjectived all three.                    --Tooke.
Thesaurus Terms
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