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English[]

Etymology[]

From Old French adjectif, from Latin adiectīvum, from ad (next to) + -iect-, perfect passive participle of iaciō (throw) + -īvus, adjective ending; hence, a word "thrown next to" a noun, modifying it.

Pronunciation[]

Adjective[]

Adjective (not comparable)

Positive
Adjective

Comparative
not comparable

Superlative
none (absolute)

  1. Incapable of independent function.
    • 1899, John Jay Chapman, Emerson and Other Essays, AMS Press (1969) (as reproduced in Project Gutenberg)
      In fact, God is of not so much importance in Himself, but as the end towards which man tends. That irreverent person who said that Browning uses “God” as a pigment made an accurate criticism of his theology. In Browning, God is adjective to man.
  2. (grammar) Adjectival; pertaining to or functioning as an adjective.
  3. (law) Applying to methods of enforcement and rules of procedure.
    adjective law
  4. (chemistry) Of a dye that needs the use of a mordant to be made fast to that which is being dyed.

Synonyms[]

  • (incapable of independent function): dependent, derivative
  • (functioning as an adjective): adjectival
  • (applying to methods of enforcement and rules of procedure): procedural

Antonyms[]

  • (applying to methods of enforcement and rules of procedure): substantive
  • (of a dye that needs the use of a mordant): substantive

Derived terms[]

  • adjectival
  • adjective clause
  • adjective phrase
  • adjective patterns
  • proper adjective

Translations[]

Noun[]

Wikipedia

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Adjective

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  1. (grammar) A word that modifies a noun or describes a noun’s referent.
    The words “big” and “heavy” are English adjectives.

Usage notes[]

Adjectives compose a fundamental category of words in most languages. In most lanuages, most adjectives can be used both attributively and predicatively, can be graded, and can be modified by an adverb.

Hyponyms[]

  • See also Wikisaurus:adjective

Translations[]


French[]

Adjective[]

Adjective f.

  1. Feminine form of adjectif.

Interlingue[]

Noun[]

Adjective [[Category:Template:Ie nouns|Adjective]]

  1. adjective

Romanian[]

Pronunciation[]

  • IPA: [ad.ʒek'ti.ve]

Noun[]

adjective n. pl.

  1. Plural form of adjectiv.

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