ad·jec·tive /ˈæʤɪktɪv ||ˈæʤətɪv/
Ad·jec·tive, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Adjectived p. pr. & vb. n. Adjectiving ] To make an adjective of; to form or change into an adjective. [R.]
Language has as much occasion to adjective the distinct signification of the verb, and to adjective also the mood, as it has to adjective time. It has . . . adjectived all three. --Tooke.
1. Gram. A word used with a noun, or substantive, to express a quality of the thing named, or something attributed to it, or to limit or define it, or to specify or describe a thing, as distinct from something else. Thus, in phrase, “a wise ruler,” wise is the adjective, expressing a property of ruler.
2. A dependent; an accessory.
1. Added to a substantive as an attribute; of the nature of an adjunct; as, an adjective word or sentence.
2. Not standing by itself; dependent.
Adjective color, a color which requires to be fixed by some mordant or base to give it permanency.
3. Relating to procedure. “The whole English law, substantive and adjective.”
adj 1: of or relating to or functioning as an adjective;
"adjectival syntax"; "an adjective clause" [syn: adjectival]
2: applying to methods of enforcement and rules of procedure;
"adjective law" [syn: procedural] [ant: substantive]
n 1: a word that expresses an attribute of something
2: the word class that qualifies nouns