/ˈædʒəktɪv / (say 'ajuhktiv)

1. Grammar
a. one of the major word classes in many languages, comprising words that typically modify a noun.
b. such a word, as wise in a wise ruler, or in she is wise.
2. Grammar relating to an adjective; functioning as an adjective; adjectival.
3. not able to stand alone; dependent.
4. Law concerning methods of enforcement of legal rights, as pleading and practice (opposed to substantive).
5. Dyeing (of colours) requiring a mordant or the like to render them permanent (opposed to substantive).
6. the great Australian adjective, the adjective bloody (def. 5).
{Latin adjectīvus that is added (to a noun), from adjectio an addition}
adjectival /ædʒəkˈtaɪvəl/ (say ajuhk'tuyvuhl), adjective
adjectivally /ædʒəkˈtaɪvəli/ (say ajuhk'tuyvuhlee), adjectively, adverb

Australian English dictionary. 2014.


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