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adjective uk   /prɪˈdɪk.ə.tɪv/ us    /ˈpred.ɪ.keɪ.t̬ɪv/ specialized
(in grammar, especially of adjectives or phrases) following a verb: In the sentence "She is happy", "happy" is a predicative adjective.
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