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English

Etymology

From Old French adjectif, from [[w:Template:lang:la language|Template:lang:la]][[Category:Template:lang:la derivations]] 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.

Adjective

adjective (not comparable)

Positive
adjective

Comparative
not comparable

Superlative
none (absolute)

  1. Additional or adjunct.
    • 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. (law) Applying to methods of enforcement and rules of procedure.
    adjective law

Translations

Synonyms

  • (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

Derived terms

Noun

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Singular
adjective

Plural
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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.

Translations


French

Adjective

adjective

  1. Feminine form of adjectif.

Romanian

Pronunciation

  • IPA: [ad.ʒek'ti.ve]

Noun

adjective n. pl.

  1. Plural form of adjectiv. adjectives

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