- of an adverb
- having the nature or function of an adverb
- used to form an adverb: an adverbial suffix
An example of an adverbial phrase is a clause which describes a verb (i.e. to say “Before Aunt Mabel came over...” instead of “Yesterday”).
(comparative more adverbial, superlative most adverbial)
- (grammar) of or relating to an adverb
adverb + -ial.
- For more examples see noun phrase, adjectival phrase and adverbial phrase.
- Since Kant the two phrases have become purely adjectival (instead of adverbial) with a technical controversial sense, closely allied to the Aristotelian, in relation to knowledge and judgments generally.
- From the sense of that which stands between two things, "mean," or the plural "means," often with a singular construction, takes the further significance of agency, instrument, &c., of which that produces some result, hence resources capable of producing a result, particularly the pecuniary or other resources by which a person is enabled to live, and so used either of employment or of property, wealth, &c. There are many adverbial phrases, such as "by all means," "by no means," &c., which are extensions of "means" in the sense of agency.