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Webster's Unabridged Dictionary
adjective Ad"jec*tive
  1. Added to a substantive as an attribute; of the nature of an adjunct; as, an adjective word or sentence.
  2. Not standing by itself; dependent.
  3. Relating to procedure."The whole English law, substantive and adjective." [Macaulay.]

Etymology: See Adjective (n.)

noun Ad"jec*tive
  1. [Gram] A word used with a noun, or substantive, to express a quality of the thing named, or something attributed to it, or to limit or define it, or to specify or describe a thing, as distinct from something else. Thus, in phrase, “a wise ruler,” wise is the adjective, expressing a property of ruler.
  2. A dependent; an accessory.

Etymology: L. adjectivumsc. nomen), neut. of adjectivus that is added, fr. adjicere: cf. F. adjectif. See Adject

verb Ad"jec*tive
To make an adjective of; to form or change into an adjective.
Other Dictionary Sources
  1. The word class that qualifies nouns
  2. A word that expresses an attribute of something
  3. Relating to court practice and procedure as opposed to the principles of law ("adjective law")
  4. Of or relating to or functioning as an adjective ("an adjective clause")

Borrowing from Old French adjectif, from Latin adiectīvum, from ad (“next to”) + -iect-, perfect passive participle of iaciō (“throw”) + -īvus, adjective ending; hence, a word "thrown next to" a noun, modifying it.

  1. (grammar) A word that modifies a noun or describes a noun’s referent.
    The words “big” and “heavy” are English .
  2. (obsolete) A dependent; an accessory.

adjective was also found in the following language(s): French, Interlingue, Latin, Romanian, and Scots

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Past life for Adjective born Nov 27, 1983

I do not know how you feel about it, but you were a male in your last earthly incarnation. You were born somewhere around the territory of Northern Japan approximately on 1025. Your profession was monk, bee-keeper, and lone gunman.

You were always involved with all new things. You have always loved changes, especially in art, music, cooking. Your lesson - to learn discretion and reason and then teach others to do that. Your life will be happier, when you help those who lack reasoning.

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  • U.S. Census Bureau: Frequently Occurring Surnames from the Census 2000 (public domain).
  • 1913 Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary via the Collaborative International Dictionary of English (License)
  • Other Dictionary Sources: WordNet 3.1 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University (License).
  • Wiktionary: Titles and License.