Definition of gradable in English:
Denoting an adjective that can be used in the comparative and superlative and take a submodifier. Contrasted with classifying.
- Like gradable adjectives, gradable adverbs allow comparison and modification by intensifying adverbs: more humbly, very humbly.
- Technically, antonyms such as sweet versus dry are gradable, in that sweet means ‘sweet in relation to a norm’, even though the norm is far from clear.
- I understand almost all of the emotion-state adjectives are gradable; 'amused', 'bored', 'confused', 'delighted', 'excited', 'frightened', 'interested', 'perplexed', 'satisfied', 'terrified', 'worried', etc
Definition of gradable in:
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