Meaning of “attributive” in the English Dictionary

"attributive" in British English

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attributiveadjective

uk /əˈtrɪb.jə.tɪv/ us /əˈtrɪb.jə.t̬ɪv/ specialized

(of the position or use of an adjective, noun, or phrase) before a noun:

In "a sudden movement", "sudden" is an adjective in the attributive position.
In "the television aerial", "television" is a noun used in an attributive way.

More examples

  • When it is used as an attributive adjective, you write 'long-distance' with a hyphen.
  • You often see 'dog' used in an attributive way, for example in 'dog basket' and 'dog food'.
  • Write down some attributive uses of the noun 'school'.
  • The adjective in the phrase 'my black boots' is attributive.
  • A noun that is in an attributive position can also be called a 'modifier'.
attributively
adverb uk /əˈtrɪb.jə.tɪv.li/ us /əˈtrɪb.jə.t̬ɪv.li/

(Definition of “attributive” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"attributive" in American English

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attributiveadjective [ not gradable ]

us /əˈtrɪb·jə·t̬ɪv/

grammar of an adjective, noun, pronoun, or phrase placed before the noun it describes:

an attributive noun
In "a young woman," "young" is an adjective in the attributive position.

(Definition of “attributive” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)