- ( obsolete ) Incapable of independent function.
- 1899, John Jay Chapman, Emerson and Other Essays, AMS Press ( 1969 ) ( as reproduced in Project Gutenberg )
- ( grammar ) Adjectival; pertaining to or functioning as an adjective .
- ( law ) Applying to methods of enforcement and rules of procedure .
- adjective law
- ( chemistry ) Of a dye that needs the use of a mordant to be made fast to that which is being dyed .
- See also Wikisaurus:adjective
- ( transitive ) To make an adjective of; to form or convert into an adjective.
- 1832, William Hunter, An Anglo-Saxon grammar, and derivatives ( page 46 )
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; )
adjective ( plural: adjectives )
Explanation of adjective by Wordnet Dictionary
- adjective law
- an adjective clause
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
Definition of adjective by GCIDE Dictionary