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    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • UK Pronunciation
    • UK IPA
    • [aj-ik-tiv]
    • /ˈædʒ ɪk tɪv/
    • /ˈæʤɪktɪvli /
    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • [aj-ik-tiv]
    • /ˈædʒ ɪk tɪv/

Definitions of adjectively word

  • noun adjectively Grammar. any member of a class of words that modify nouns and pronouns, primarily by describing a particular quality of the word they are modifying, as wise in a wise grandmother, or perfect in a perfect score, or handsome in He is extremely handsome. Other terms, as numbers (one cup; twelve months), certain demonstrative pronouns (this magazine; those questions), and terms that impose limits (each person; no mercy) can also function adjectivally, as can some nouns that are found chiefly in fixed phrases where they immediately precede the noun they modify, as bottle in bottle cap and bus in bus station. Synonyms: modifier, qualifier, identifier, describer, describing word. 1
  • adjective adjectively pertaining to or functioning as an adjective; adjectival: the adjective use of a noun. 1
  • adjective adjectively Law. concerning methods of enforcement of legal rights, as pleading and practice (opposed to substantive). 1
  • adjective adjectively (of dye colors) requiring a mordant or the like to render them permanent (opposed to substantive). 1
  • adjective adjectively Archaic. not able to stand alone; dependent: Women were seen by some (by some men, that is) as adjective creatures, needing to be cared for and protected from the vicissitudes of life. 1
  • noun adjectively In the manner of an adjective. 1

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Origin of adjectively

First appearance:

before 1350
One of the 20% oldest English words
1350-1400; Middle English < Late Latin adjectīvum, neuter of adjectīvus, equivalent to adject(us) attached, added, past participle of ad(j)icere (ad- ad- + -jec-, combining form of jac- throw + -tus past participle suffix) + -īvus -ive

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Parts of speech for Adjectively


adjectively popularity

A common word. It’s meaning is known to most children of preschool age. About 91% of English native speakers know the meaning and use the word.
Most Europeans know this English word. The frequency of it’s usage is somewhere between "mom" and "screwdriver".

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