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



BrE BrE//prɪˈdɪkətɪv//
; NAmE NAmE//ˈpredɪkeɪtɪv//
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(of an adjective) coming after a verb such as be, become, get, seem, look. Many adjectives, for example old can be either predicative as in The man is very old, or attributive as in an old man. Some, like asleep, can only be predicative. Word Originmid 19th cent.: from Latin praedicativus, from praedicat- ‘declared’ (in medieval Latin ‘predicated’), from the verb praedicare, from prae ‘beforehand’ + dicare ‘make known’.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: predicative