adjective

An adjective is a word that modifies a noun (or pronoun) to make it more specific: a "rotten" egg, a "cloudy" day, a "lovely" lady, or a "tall," "cool" glass of water.

You use adjectives to give your nouns a little attitude or to communicate clearly. Without these important parts of speech, the president would live in The House, it would be difficult to give someone directions to the store, and there would only be one size available at Starbucks.

Primary Meanings of adjective

1.
nadj
the word class that qualifies nouns
of or relating to or functioning as an adjective
2.
adj
relating to court practice and procedure as opposed to the principles of law
Full Definitions of adjective
1

n the word class that qualifies nouns

Type of:
major form class
any of the major parts of speech of traditional grammar

n a word that expresses an attribute of something

Types:
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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')
positive, positive degree
the primary form of an adjective or adverb; denotes a quality without qualification, comparison, or relation to increase or diminution
comparative, comparative degree
the comparative form of an adjective or adverb
superlative, superlative degree
the superlative form of an adjective or adverb
pertainym
meaning relating to or pertaining to
Type of:
modifier, qualifier
a content word that qualifies the meaning of a noun or verb

adj of or relating to or functioning as an adjective

“an adjective clause”
Synonyms:
adjectival
2

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

adjective law”
Synonyms:
procedural
Antonyms:
essential, substantive
defining rights and duties as opposed to giving the rules by which rights and duties are established

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