Word definition: adjective

Defiintion of adjective:

[n] the word class that qualifies nouns
[n] a word that expresses an attribute of something
[adj] (law) applying to methods of enforcement and rules of procedure; "adjective law"
[adj] of or relating to or functioning as an adjective; "adjectival syntax"; "an adjective clause"

Synonyms of adjective:

adjectival, procedural

Antonyms of adjective:

essential, substantive

See Also:

classifying adjective, comparative, descriptive adjective, major form class, modifier, qualifier, qualifying adjective, relational adjective, superlative

Webster Dictionary (1913) for adjective:

\Ad"jec*tive\ ([a^]d"j[e^]k*t[i^]v), a. [See
{Adjective}, n.]
1. Added to a substantive as an attribute; of the nature of
   an adjunct; as, an adjective word or sentence.

2. Not standing by itself; dependent.

{Adjective color}, a color which requires to be fixed by some
   mordant or base to give it permanency.

3. Relating to procedure. ``The whole English law,
   substantive and adjective.'' --Macaulay.

\Ad"jec*tive\, n. [L. adjectivum (sc. nomen), neut. of adjectivus that is added, fr. adjicere: cf. F. adjectif. See {Adject}.] 1. (Gram.) A word used with a noun, or substantive, to express a quality of the thing named, or something attributed to it, or to limit or define it, or to specify or describe a thing, as distinct from something else. Thus, in phrase, ``a wise ruler,'' wise is the adjective, expressing a property of ruler. 2. A dependent; an accessory. --Fuller.
\Ad"jec*tive\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Adjectived}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Adjectiving}.] To make an adjective of; to form or change into an adjective. [R.] Language has as much occasion to adjective the distinct signification of the verb, and to adjective also the mood, as it has to adjective time. It has . . . adjectived all three. --Tooke.