Definition of "adjective" [ad•jec•tive]

  • (noun) The part of speech that modifies a noun or other substantive by limiting, qualifying, or specifying and distinguished in English morphologically by one of several suffixes, such as -able, -ous, -er, and -est, or syntactically by position directly preceding a noun or nominal phrase.
  • (noun) Any of the words belonging to this part of speech, such as white in the phrase a white house.
  • (adjective) Adjectival: an adjective clause.
  • (adjective) Law Prescriptive; remedial: adjective law.
  • (adjective) Not standing alone; derivative or dependent.

Use "adjective" in a sentence

  • "An adjective may, in general, be distinguished from an _adverb_ by this rule: when a word qualifies a _noun_ or _pronoun_, it is an adjective, but when it qualifies a _verb, participle, adjective_, or _adverb_, it is an adverb."
  • "Such an adjective is called an _adjective of three endings_."
  • "Find them, and give the reason.] [Footnote 2: When a noun is modified by both a genitive and an adjective, a favorite order of words is _adjective, genitive, noun_.] [Footnote 3: A modifying genitive often stands between a preposition and its object.] *****"

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