[ aj-ik-tahy-vuhl ]


  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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Other Words From

  • adjec·tival·ly adverb
  • nonad·jec·tival adjective
  • nonad·jec·tival·ly adverb
  • pread·jec·tival adjective
  • pread·jec·tival·ly adverb
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Word History and Origins

Origin of adjectival1

First recorded in 1790–1800; adjective + -al 1
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Example Sentences

When the exact sense was lost, the suffix -al seemed to be adjectival, and the word dismal became at last an adjective.

We should try to render this in translation, not be content with some bloodless adjectival abstraction plus "is."

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

Their adjectival energy is greater; they are more given to extravagances of style, both in point of sentiment and of humor.

So in the adjectival clause; as, 'He struck the poor dog, which (and it, or although it) had never done him harm.'





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