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attribute

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From Latin attributus past participle of attribuere.

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attribute (plural attributes)

  1. A characteristic or quality of a thing.
    His finest attribute is his kindness.
  2. (grammar) A word that qualifies a noun, a qualifier.
    In the clause "My jacket is more expensive than yours", "My" is the attribute of "jacket".
  3. (logic) That which is predicated or affirmed of a subject; a predicate; an accident.
  4. (computing) An option or setting belonging to some object.
    This packet has its coherency attribute set to zero.
    A file with the read-only attribute set cannot be overwritten.
  5. (computing, programming) A semantic item with which a method or other code element may be decorated.
    Properties can marked as obsolete with an attribute, which will cause the compiler to generate a warning if they are used.

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attribute (third-person singular simple present attributes, present participle attributing, simple past and past participle attributed)

  1. To ascribe (something) to a given cause, reason etc.
    • Archbishop Tillotson
      We attribute nothing to God that hath any repugnancy or contradiction in it.
    • Shakespeare
      The merit of service is seldom attributed to the true and exact performer.
    • 2009, Diarmaid MacCulloch, A History of Christianity, Penguin 2010, p. 278:
      Hākim's atypical actions should not be attributed to Islam as much as to insanity, which eventually led him to proclaim himself as Allah, whereupon he was murdered by outraged fellow Muslims.
  2. To associate ownership or authorship of (something) to someone.
    This poem is attributed to Browning.

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attribūte

  1. vocative masculine singular of attribūtus