predicative adjective

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predicative adjective (plural predicative adjectives)

  1. (grammar) An adjective that is not part of the noun clause it modifies, but is linked to it with a copula.
    ‘Complicated’ is a predicative adjective in the sentence ‘Grammar is complicated.’

Usage notes[edit]

In English, predicative adjectives usually follow both the noun clause that it modifies and the copula. However, sentences can be constructed in inverted order, e.g.:

Happy is the man that feareth alway — In such constructions, the predicative adjective (Happy) precedes the noun clause it modifies (the man that feareth alway).