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ADJECTIVE

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does adjective mean? 

ADJECTIVE (noun)
  The noun ADJECTIVE has 2 senses:

1. a word that expresses an attribute of something
2. the word class that qualifies nouns

  Familiarity information: ADJECTIVE used as a noun is rare.


ADJECTIVE (adjective)
  The adjective ADJECTIVE has 2 senses:

1. of or relating to or functioning as an adjective
2. relating to court practice and procedure as opposed to the principles of law

  Familiarity information: ADJECTIVE used as an adjective is rare.


 Dictionary entry details 


ADJECTIVE (noun)


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Meaning:

A word that expresses an attribute of something

Classified under:

Nouns denoting communicative processes and contents

Hypernyms ("adjective" is a kind of...):

modifier; qualifier (a content word that qualifies the meaning of a noun or verb)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "adjective"):

descriptive adjective; qualifying adjective (an adjective that ascribes to its noun the value of an attribute of that noun (e.g., 'a nervous person' or 'a musical speaking voice'))

classifying adjective; relational adjective (an adjective that classifies its noun (e.g., 'a nervous disease' or 'a musical instrument'))

comparative (the comparative form of an adjective)

superlative (the superlative form of an adjective)


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Meaning:

The word class that qualifies nouns

Classified under:

Nouns denoting communicative processes and contents

Hypernyms ("adjective" is a kind of...):

major form class (any of the parts of speech of traditional grammar)


ADJECTIVE (adjective)


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Meaning:

Of or relating to or functioning as an adjective

Classified under:

Relational adjectives (pertainyms)

Synonyms:

adjectival; adjective

Context examples:

adjectival syntax / an adjective clause

Pertainym:

adjective (the word class that qualifies nouns)


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Meaning:

Relating to court practice and procedure as opposed to the principles of law

Synonyms:

adjective; procedural

Context example:

adjective law

Domain category:

jurisprudence; law (the collection of rules imposed by authority)

Antonym:

substantive (defining rights and duties as opposed to giving the rules by which rights and duties are established)


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