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attributiveadjective

uk   /əˈtrɪb.jʊ.tɪv/  us   /-t̬ɪv/ specialized
(of the ​position or use of an ​adjective, ​noun, or phrase) before a ​noun: In "a ​suddenmovement", "​sudden" is an ​adjective in the attributive ​position. In "the ​televisionaerial", "​television" is a ​noun used in an attributive way.

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attributively
adverb uk   us   /-li/
(Definition of attributive from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

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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)
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