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[aj-ik-tahy-vuh l]
  1. of, relating to, or used as an adjective.
  2. describing by means of many adjectives; depending for effect on intensive qualification of subject matter, as a writer, style, or essay.
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Origin of adjectival

First recorded in 1790–1800; adjective + -al1
Related formsad·jec·ti·val·ly, adverbnon·ad·jec·ti·val, adjectivenon·ad·jec·ti·val·ly, adverbpre·ad·jec·ti·val, adjectivepre·ad·jec·ti·val·ly, adverb
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Examples from the Web for adjectival

Historical Examples of adjectival

  • A large proportion of our adjectival nicknames are of French origin.

    The Romance of Names

    Ernest Weekley

  • There are some adjectival surnames which are not immediately recognizable.

    The Romance of Names

    Ernest Weekley

  • The yellow beak is long and curved, hence the adjectival "scimitar."

  • In huss, the German for goose, we may recognise the oose without its adjectival ‘g’.

    Archaic England

    Harold Bayley

  • They are formed by adding the adjectival suffix -a to the cardinals.

Word Origin and History for adjectival


1797, from adjective + -al (1).

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