| Definition -
An adjective that precedes the word it modifies.
1. As opposed to a predicative adjective which is part of the predicate.
Example - The old dog is stupid.
(In the above old is an attributive adjective and stupid is a predicative adjective.)
Oxford English Dictionary - The term's first citation is from circa 1840:
"Attributive adjectives are those which express the quality of an object, as, a kind friend."
(Douglas Eng. Gram. (1876) 16 )