What does attributive mean?

attributive meaning in General Dictionary

a word that denotes a feature esp a modifying word joined to a noun an adjective or adjective expression

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  • Attributing related to expressing or assigning an attribute for the nature of an attribute
  • of adjectives; put before the nouns they modify
  • Attributing; with respect to, articulating, or assigning a characteristic; associated with nature of an attribute.
  • A word that denotes an attribute; esp. a modifying word joined up with to a noun; an adjective or adjective phrase.

attributive meaning in Etymology Dictionary

c.1600, from French attributif, from stem of Latin attributus (see attribute (v.)). As a noun, in sentence structure, from 1750. Associated: Attributively; attributiveness.


attributive meaning in General Dictionary

(a.) Attributing; regarding, revealing, or assigning an attribute; of nature of an attribute.

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  • (n.) A word that denotes an attribute; esp. a modifying word joined to a noun; an adjective or adjective expression.

Sentence Examples with the word attributive

Mill, has been disputed on the ground that adjectives are applied both to concrete and to abstract terms. Hence some logicians make a separate class for adjectives, as being the names neither of things nor of qualities, and describe them as Attributive terms.

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