Definition of attributive adjective from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

 

attributive

 adjective
adjective
BrE BrE//əˈtrɪbjətɪv//
 
; NAmE NAmE//əˈtrɪbjətɪv//
 
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(of adjectives or nouns) used before a noun to describe it In ‘the blue sky’ and ‘a family business’, ‘blue’ and ‘family’ are attributive. compare predicative Word Origin mid 18th cent. (as a noun in the sense ‘a word expressing an attribute’): from French attributif, -ive, from attribut ‘an attribute’, from Latin attribuere ‘add to’, from ad- ‘to’ + tribuere ‘assign’.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: attributive