gradability
Definition - A concept associated with adjectives (and some adverbs) that indicates whether the adjective can be either (1) compared or (2) used with intensifiers.
Note: As opposed to non-gradability which labels adjectives whose qualities are seen as absolute.

Example -

(1) The adjective sophisticated is gradable because you can use it with intensifiers such as very and extremely.
(2) The adjective dead is non-gradable because it denotes an absolute state. You are either dead or alive. You can't (logically) be very dead or extremely dead or deader than someone else.



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