What does attribute mean?

Definitions for attribute
əˈtrɪb yut; ˈæ trəˌbyutat·tribute

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. property, attribute, dimensionnoun

    a construct whereby objects or individuals can be distinguished

    "self-confidence is not an endearing property"

  2. attributeverb

    an abstraction belonging to or characteristic of an entity

  3. impute, ascribe, assign, attributeverb

    attribute or credit to

    "We attributed this quotation to Shakespeare"; "People impute great cleverness to cats"

  4. assign, attributeverb

    decide as to where something belongs in a scheme

    "The biologist assigned the mushroom to the proper class"


  1. attributenoun

    A characteristic or quality of a thing.

    His finest attribute is his kindness.

    Etymology: From attributus past participle of attribuere.

  2. attributenoun

    A word that qualifies a noun.

    In the clause "My jacket is more expensive than yours", "My" is the attribute of "jacket".

    Etymology: From attributus past participle of attribuere.

  3. attributenoun

    The applicable option selection; a variable or a value.

    This packet has its coherency attribute set to zero.

    Etymology: From attributus past participle of attribuere.

  4. attributenoun

    That which is predicated or affirmed of a subject; a predicate; an accident.

    Etymology: From attributus past participle of attribuere.

  5. attributenoun

    A semantic item with which a method, etc. may be decorated.

    There are some more implementations which use C# attributes to define custom attributes specific to the AOP engine. Then the classes that need to be intercepted will be decorated with these custom attributes.

    Etymology: From attributus past participle of attribuere.

  6. attributeverb

    To ascribe (something) to a given cause, reason etc.

    Etymology: From attributus past participle of attribuere.

  7. attributeverb

    To associate ownership or authorship of (something) to someone.

    This poem is attributed to Browning.

    Etymology: From attributus past participle of attribuere.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Attributeverb

    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)

    Etymology: [L. attributum.]

  2. Attributenoun

    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

    Etymology: [L. attributum.]

  3. Attributenoun


    Etymology: [L. attributum.]

  4. Attributenoun

    a conventional symbol of office, character, or identity, added to any particular figure; as, a club is the attribute of Hercules

    Etymology: [L. attributum.]

  5. Attributenoun

    quality, etc., denoted by an attributive; an attributive adjunct or adjective

    Etymology: [L. attributum.]


  1. Attribute

    In computing, an attribute is a specification that defines a property of an object, element, or file. It may also refer to or set the specific value for a given instance of such. For clarity, attributes should more correctly be considered metadata. An attribute is frequently and generally a property of a property. However, in actual usage, the term attribute can and is often treated as equivalent to a property depending on the technology being discussed. An attribute of an object usually consists of a name and a value; of an element, a type or class name; of a file, a name and extension. ⁕Each named attribute has an associated set of rules called operations: one doesn't add characters or manipulate and process an integer array as an image object— one doesn't process text as type floating point. ⁕It follows that an object definition can be extended by imposing data typing: a representation format, a default value, and legal operations and restrictions are all potentially involved in defining an attribute, or conversely, may be spoken of as attributes of that object's type. A JPEG file is not decoded by the same operations as a PNG or BMP file, nor is a floating point typed number operated upon by the rules applied to typed long integers.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Attribute

    at-trib′ūt, v.t. to ascribe, assign, or consider as belonging.—adj. Attrib′utable.—ns. At′tribute, that which is attributed: that which is inherent in, or inseparable from, anything: that which can be predicated of anything: a quality or property; Attribū′tion, act of attributing: that which is attributed: commendation.—adj. Attrib′utive, expressing an attribute.—n. a word denoting an attribute. [L. attribuĕre, -tributumad, to, tribu-ĕre, to give.]

Editors Contribution

  1. attribute

    A quality, facet or element of a animal or human consciousness, conscience, mind and soul.

    We have such beautiful qualities as humans and animals.

    Submitted by MaryC on January 25, 2020  

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  1. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'attribute' in Nouns Frequency: #2604

  2. Verbs Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'attribute' in Verbs Frequency: #652

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of attribute in Chaldean Numerology is: 2

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of attribute in Pythagorean Numerology is: 8

Examples of attribute in a Sentence

  1. Nick Diamos:

    Never attribute to malice what can be adequately explained by stupidity.

  2. Sonia Seneviratne:

    What seemed like an established truth that you cannot attribute a particular extreme weather event to climate change is less and less true.

  3. Federico Finchelstein:

    Fascism sometimes becomes an attribute to describe someone that is intolerant or totalitarian or even racist, when dealing with an important part of the nation such as Hispanics, I think he definitely fits those categories.

  4. Gonzalo Rodriguez:

    It's tricky to attribute any increase in business to the mural, but I see our guests and tourists walking by constantly photographing the hostel and posting the photos on social media. That can only be beneficial for business in the long run.

  5. James Henning:

    [ Property crime is ] the biggest driver of our [ overall ] crime, and of our increases. So, can you attribute that to marijuana ? I don't think you can, the data isn't there.

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    based on or subject to individual discretion or preference or sometimes impulse or caprice
    • A. indiscernible
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