1. In grammar, attributive denotes a word, normally an adjective or noun, that is put before another word, normally a noun, to qualify or describe it in some way (eg. brown in brown shoes and table in table lamp). See further at adjective 2.
2. English allows several nouns to be placed in succession, as in a museum conservation department, and this practice is especially common in newspaper headlines, which aim at concision:

• sex cinema blaze man pleads guilty —Independent, 1995

• expenses row councillor forced out —Evening News (Edinburgh), 1995.

Modern English usage. 2014.

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  • Attributive — may mean:* pertaining to an attribute * pertaining to attribution * attributive adjective * attributive noun * attributive verb …   Wikipedia

  • attributive — [ə trib′yo͞o tiv, ə trib′yətiv] adj. [Fr attributif] 1. attributing 2. of or like an attribute 3. Gram. joined directly to (in English, generally preceding) the substantive that it modifies: said of an adjective n. Gram. an attributive adjective… …   English World dictionary

  • Attributive — At*trib u*tive, a. [Cf. F. attributif.] Attributing; pertaining to, expressing, or assigning an attribute; of the nature of an attribute. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Attributive — At*trib u*tive, n., (Gram.) A word that denotes an attribute; esp. a modifying word joined to a noun; an adjective or adjective phrase. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • attributive — (adj.) c.1600, from Fr. attributif, from stem of L. attributus (see ATTRIBUTE (Cf. attribute) (v.)). As a noun, in grammar, from 1750. Related: Attributively; attributiveness …   Etymology dictionary

  • attributive — ► ADJECTIVE Grammar ▪ (of an adjective) preceding the word that it modifies, as old in the old dog. Contrasted with PREDICATIVE(Cf. ↑predicatively). DERIVATIVES attributively adverb …   English terms dictionary

  • attributive — 1. adjective /ə.ˈtrɪ.bju.tɪv/ a) Modifying a noun, while in the same phrase as that noun. In this big house , big is attributive, whereas in this house is big , it is predicative. b) Having the nature of an attribute. Ant: predicative …   Wiktionary

  • attributive — ● attributif, attributive adjectif Qui indique ou énonce un attribut. Qui confère un droit, qui le fait passer d une tête sur une autre. Se dit d une phrase qui contient un attribut, d un verbe qui admet un attribut. ● attributif, attributive… …   Encyclopédie Universelle

  • attributive — at|trib|u|tive [ ə trıbjətıv ] adjective LINGUISTICS an attributive adjective or a word in an attributive position comes before the noun it describes. For example, in the phrase a nice man, nice is attributive. ╾ at|trib|u|tive|ly [ ə trıbjətıvli …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • attributive — UK [əˈtrɪbjʊtɪv] / US [əˈtrɪbjətɪv] adjective linguistics an attributive adjective or a word in an attributive position comes before the noun it describes. For example in the phrase a nice man , nice is attributive. • See: predicative Derived… …   English dictionary