Definition of Attribute

1. Noun. A construct whereby objects or individuals can be distinguished. "Self-confidence is not an endearing property"

2. Verb. Attribute or credit to. "People impute great cleverness to cats"

3. Noun. An abstraction belonging to or characteristic of an entity.

4. Verb. Decide as to where something belongs in a scheme. "The biologist assigned the mushroom to the proper class"
Exact synonyms: Assign
Generic synonyms: Evaluate, Judge, Pass Judgment
Specialized synonyms: Classify, Relegate
Derivative terms: Assignment, Attribution

Definition of Attribute

1. v. t. To ascribe; to consider (something) as due or appropriate (to); to refer, as an effect to a cause; to impute; to assign; to consider as belonging (to).

2. n. That which is attributed; a quality which is considered as belonging to, or inherent in, a person or thing; an essential or necessary property or characteristic.

Definition of Attribute

1. Noun. A characteristic or quality of a thing. ¹

2. Noun. (grammar) A word that qualifies a noun. ¹

3. Noun. (computing) The applicable option selection; a variable or a value. ¹

4. Noun. (logic) That which is predicated or affirmed of a subject; a predicate; an accident. ¹

5. Noun. (computing programming) A semantic item with which a method, etc. may be decorated. ¹

6. Verb. To ascribe (something) (term to) a given cause, reason etc. ¹

7. Verb. To associate ownership or authorship of (something) (term to) someone. ¹

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Definition of Attribute

1. [v -TED, -TING, -TES]

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Attribute

attributable fraction
attributable risk
attribute (current term)
attribution theory
attributional complexity
attributive adjective
attributive adjectives

Literary usage of Attribute

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. The American Journal of Psychology by Edward Bradford ( Titchener, Granville Stanley Hall (1922)
"... THE "attribute OP ORDER1' By HM LUFKIN proposed to add an original attribute of 'order* to We believe that the addition is M mor Study is not the place ..."

2. Modern Classical Philosophers: Selections Illustrating Modern Philosophy by Benjamin Rand (1908)
"involves the conception of no other attribute of God, and consequently (by Part ... The modes of any given attribute are caused by God, in so far as he is ..."

3. The Catholic Encyclopedia: An International Work of Reference on the by Charles George Herbermann (1913)
"... xlii, 15) ;. sometimes it seems to attribute to the word action of itself, ... from religious scruples they dare not attribute to Jahveh actions such as ..."

4. History of Philosophy: From Thales to the Present Time by Friedrich Ueberweg (1876)
"From the definition of attribute Spinoza deduces the ninth Proposition ; The more reality or twin^ a thing has. the more attributes does it possess (quo ..."

5. Allen's Synonyms and Antonyms by Frederic Sturges Allen (1920)
"See attribute. 2. In the sense of "to place among others of its kind": assign (with "to") ... See attribute, RELATION. 2. commitment, committal, relegation, ..."

6. Handy-book of Literary Curiosities by William Shepard Walsh (1892)
"The attribute to awe and majesty ... It is enthroned in the hearts of kings; U is an attribute to God himself: When mercy seasons justice. ..."

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