- pertaining to or having the character of attribution or an attribute.
- Grammar. of or relating to an adjective or noun that is directly adjacent to, in English usually preceding, the noun it modifies, without any intervening linking verb, as the adjective sunny in a sunny day or the noun television in a television screen.
- Grammar. an attributive word, especially an adjective.
Origin of attributive
First recorded in 1600–10
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- relating to an attribute
- grammar (of an adjective or adjectival phrase) modifying a noun and constituting part of the same noun phrase, in English normally preceding the noun, as black in Fido is a black dog (as opposed to Fido is black)Compare predicative
- philosophy relative to an understood domain, as small in that elephant is small
- an attributive adjective
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c.1600, from French attributif, from stem of Latin attributus (see attribute (v.)). As a noun, in grammar, from 1750. Related: Attributively; attributiveness.
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