attributive noun

attributive noun
a noun that modifies another noun attributively and that is optional (that is, it can be removed without affecting the grammar of the sentence); a noun used as an adjective.

For example, in the compound noun "chicken soup", the attributive noun "chicken" modifies the noun "soup".

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  • noun adjunct — noun a noun that modifies another noun and that is optional (that is, it can be removed without affecting the grammar of the sentence). For example, in the compound noun chicken soup , the noun adjunct chicken modifies the noun soup . Syn:… …   Wiktionary

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  • Attributive verb — In grammar, an attributive verb is a verb which modifies (gives the attributes of) a noun, rather than expressing an independent idea as a predicate. In English, verbs may only be attributive as participles: the walking man; a walked dog; uneaten …   Wikipedia

  • attributive — adjective Date: 1606 1. relating to or of the nature of an attribute ; attributing 2. joined directly to a modified noun without a linking verb (as city in city streets) • attributive noun • attributively adverb …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • attributive — 1. In grammar, attributive denotes a word, normally an adjective or noun, that is put before another word, normally a noun, to qualify or describe it in some way (eg. brown in brown shoes and table in table lamp). See further at adjective 2. 2.… …   Modern English usage

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  • attributive adjective — noun An adjective that describes an attribute of the noun phrase of which it is a part. The word “red” in “the red balloon” is an attributive adjective …   Wiktionary

  • Attributive — At*trib u*tive, n., (Gram.) A word that denotes an attribute; esp. a modifying word joined to a noun; an adjective or adjective phrase. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • attributive — (adj.) c.1600, from Fr. attributif, from stem of L. attributus (see ATTRIBUTE (Cf. attribute) (v.)). As a noun, in grammar, from 1750. Related: Attributively; attributiveness …   Etymology dictionary

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