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predicate +‎ -ive


  • (UK, US) IPA(key): /ˈpɹɛ.dɪ.kə.tɪv/, /ˈpɹɛ.də.kə.tɪv/
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predicative (not comparable)

  1. (grammar, of an adjectival or nominal phrase) Modifying a noun while in a predicate phrase, which predicate phrase is other than the noun phrase and occurs after a verb, as a predicate; contrasted with attributive.
    In the sentence, ‘This house is big’, ‘big’ is predicative, whereas in ‘This is a big house’, it is attributive.
    Compound adjectives are typically hyphenated in attributive position (for example, 'a high-quality scan is a must'), whereas in predicative position, many house styles specify open styling (for example, 'this scan is high quality.'


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predicative (plural predicatives)

  1. (grammar) An element of the predicate of a sentence which complements the subject or object by means of the verb. Predicatives may be nominal or adjectival.
  2. (grammar) In some languages, a special part of speech used as a predicate and denoting a state of being.
    • 1957, Morton Benson, “The Problem of Predicatives in Russian”, in The Slavic and East European Journal, volume 1, number 4, →DOI, →ISSN, →JSTOR, page 285:
      A predicative in Russian is an uninflected word that regularly constitutes a complete utterance when standing alone, i.e., when preceded and followed by silence.
    • 2013, Sergey Say, “On the Nature of Dative Arguments in Russian Constructions with “Predicatives””, in I. Kor Chahine, editor, Current Studies in Slavic Linguistics (Studies in Language Companion Series), page 226:
      Traditional grammars usually differentiate between neuter short adjectives and predicatives based on whether there is an overt nominative subject; hence курение вредно ‘smoking (noun) is harmful’ is viewed as a clause with nominative subject, zero copula and neuter short form adjective that agrees with the subject in gender, whereas курить вредно (same meaning, literally ‘to smoke is harmful’) is often viewed as an impersonal clause with predicative.
  • He seems nice. (adjectival predicative of the subject)
  • Bob is a postman. (nominal predicative of the subject)
  • We painted the door white. (adjectival predicative of the object)
  • They elected him president. (nominal predicative of the object)





  1. feminine plural of predicativo