property, attribute, dimension(noun)
a construct whereby objects or individuals can be distinguished
"self-confidence is not an endearing property"
an abstraction belonging to or characteristic of an entity
impute, ascribe, assign, attribute(verb)
attribute or credit to
"We attributed this quotation to Shakespeare"; "People impute great cleverness to cats"
decide as to where something belongs in a scheme
"The biologist assigned the mushroom to the proper class"
English Synonyms and Antonyms
We may attribute to a person either that which belongs to him or that which we merely suppose to be his. We attribute to God infinite power. We may attribute a wrong intent to an innocent person. We may attribute a result, rightly or wrongly, to a certain cause; in such case, however, attribute carries always a concession of uncertainty or possible error. Where we are quite sure, we simply refer a matter to the cause or class to which it belongs or ascribe to one what is surely his, etc. Many diseases formerly attributed to witchcraft are now referred to the action of micro-organisms. We may attribute a matter in silent thought; we ascribe anything openly in speech or writing; King Saul said of the singing women, "They have ascribed unto David ten thousands, and to me they have ascribed but thousands." We associate things which may have no necessary or causal relation; as, we may associate the striking of a clock with the serving of dinner, tho the two are not necessarily connected. We charge a person with what we deem blameworthy. We may impute good or evil, but more commonly evil.
It is uncharitable to attribute evil motives to (archaic unto) others.
A quality (Latin qualis, such) — the "suchness" of anything, according to the German idiom — denotes what a thing really is in some one respect; an attribute is what we conceive a thing to be in some one respect; thus, while attribute may, quality must, express something of the real nature of that to which it is ascribed; we speak of the attributes of God, the qualities of matter. "Originally 'the attributes of God' was preferred, probably, because men assumed no knowledge of the actual qualities of the Deity, but only of those more or less fitly attributed to him."
J. A. H. Murray. [ Murray's"New English Dictionary"] Holiness is an attribute of God; the attributes of many heathen deities have been only the qualities of wicked men joined to superhuman power. A property (Latin proprius, one's own) is what belongs especially to one thing as its own peculiar possession, in distinction from all other things; when we speak of the qualities or the properties of matter, quality is the more general, property the more limited term. A quality is inherent; a property may be transient; physicists now, however, prefer to term those qualities manifested by all bodies (such as impenetrability, extension, etc.), general properties of matter, while those peculiar to certain substances or to certain states of those substances (as fluidity, malleability, etc.) are termed specific properties; in this wider use of the word property, it becomes strictly synonymous with quality. Compare CHARACTERISTIC; EMBLEM.
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How to use attribute in a sentence?
Empathy is a cognitive attribute, not a personality trait, the pressure is really on.
We always take credit for the good and attribute the bad to fortune.
Seek out that particular mental attribute which makes you feel most deeply and vitally alive, along with which comes the inner voice which says, 'This is the real me,' and when you have found that attitude, follow it.
It's sort of a quasi-movement that's afoot, and what we can attribute this to is the fact these things seem to happen so regularly now that the frustrations folks are feeling are leading them to plan almost in advance.
The allegations attribute this behavior to members of one of our fraternities. We have been and are currently still in the process of gathering information about this incident to determine what occurred and who may have been responsible, to date we do not have answers to either of these questions.
Translations for attribute
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- припи́свам, сво́йство, ка́чество, определе́ние, отдава́мBulgarian
- přívlastek, připisovatCzech
- Attribut, zuschreibenGerman
- trajto, propreco, eco, atribuiEsperanto
- atribuir, atributoSpanish
- attribuutti, määre, ominaisuus, piirre, määriteFinnish
- déterminant, attribuer, épithète, attributFrench
- aitreabúid, dílseachtIrish
- atribiHaitian Creole
- tulajdonít, tulajdonság, jelzőHungarian
- 性質, 限定詞, 属性Japanese
- संबंध लावणेMarathi
- attribuut, eigenschap, toeschrijvenDutch
- attributt, egenskapNorwegian
- atrybut, przypisaćPolish
- atributo, atribuirPortuguese
- характе́рная черта́, припи́сывать, определе́ние, атрибу́т, относи́ть, сво́йство, ка́чествоRussian
- atribut, atribuoj, vetiAlbanian
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