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Attributive Designating the concept that an acid is a substance that donates protons and a base a substance that accepts protons; relating to or defined by this concept.
1930s; earliest use found in Samuel Glasstone (b. 1897). From the names of Johannes N. Brønsted, Danish chemist, and Thomas M. Lowry, English chemist, who independently proposed the concept in 1923.
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