Pronunciation: (u-trib'yu-tiv), [key]
1. pertaining to or having the character of attribution or an attribute.
2. Gram.of or pertaining to an adjective or noun that is directly adjacent to, in English usually preceding, the noun it modifies, without any intervening linking verb, as the adjective sunny in a sunny day or the noun television in a television screen.
Gram.an attributive word, esp. an adjective.
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