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Meaning of adjective by Wiktionary Dictionary



    From Old French adjectif, from Latin adiectīvum, from ad ( “next to” ) + -iect-, perfect passive participle of iaciō ( “throw” ) + -īvus, adjective ending; hence, a word "thrown next to" a noun, modifying it .


    adjective ( not generally comparable; )

    1. ( obsolete ) Incapable of independent function.
    2. ( grammar ) Adjectival; pertaining to or functioning as an adjective .
    3. ( law ) Applying to methods of enforcement and rules of procedure .
      adjective law
    4. ( chemistry ) Of a dye that needs the use of a mordant to be made fast to that which is being dyed .



    Derived terms


    adjective ( plural: adjectives )

    1. ( grammar ) A word that modifies a noun or describes a noun’s referent .
      The words “big” and “heavy” are English adjectives .


    • See also Wikisaurus:adjective


    adjective ( third-person singular simple present adjectives present participle adjectiving, simple past and past participle adjectived )

    1. ( transitive ) To make an adjective of; to form or convert into an adjective.

Explanation of adjective by Wordnet Dictionary


    1. relating to court practice and procedure as opposed to the principles of law

    2. adjective law
    3. of or relating to or functioning as an adjective

    4. an adjective clause
    1. the word class that qualifies nouns

    2. a word that expresses an attribute of something

    Definition of adjective by GCIDE Dictionary


    1. Adjective ( ădjĕktĭv ), a. [See Adjective, n.]

      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.” Macaulay.

    2. Adjective, n. [L. adjectivum ( sc. nomen ), neut. of adjectivus that is added, fr. adjicere: cf. F. adjectif. See Adject.]
      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. Fuller.

    3. Adjective, 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.