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Synonyms for attribute
əˈtrɪb yut; ˈæ trəˌbyutat·tribute

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English Synonyms and Antonyms3.8 / 5 votes

  1. attributeverb

    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.

    Synonyms:
    ascribe, assign, associate, charge, connect, impute, refer

    Antonyms:
    deny, disconnect, dissociate, separate, sever, sunder

    Preposition:
    It is uncharitable to attribute evil motives to (archaic unto) others.

  2. attributenoun

    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.

    Synonyms:
    property, quality

    Antonyms:
    being, essence, nature, substance

Complete Dictionary of Synonyms and Antonyms4.5 / 2 votes

  1. attributeverb

    Synonyms:
    refer, assign, associate, apply, ascribe, charge, impute, connect

    Antonyms:
    divorce, disconnect, dissociate, dissever

  2. attributenoun

    Synonyms:
    property, quality, characteristic, attainment, sign, mark, indication, manifestation

    Antonyms:
    correlative, viz, essence, nature, substance, etc, or, spuriously, affectation, misnomer, semblance, assumption, mask, veil

Princeton's WordNet1.4 / 16 votes

  1. property, attribute, dimensionnoun

    a construct whereby objects or individuals can be distinguished

    "self-confidence is not an endearing property"

    Synonyms:
    prop, belongings, property, proportion, holding, dimension, place

  2. attributeverb

    an abstraction belonging to or characteristic of an entity

    Synonyms:
    dimension, property

  3. impute, ascribe, assign, attributeverb

    attribute or credit to

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

    Synonyms:
    depute, assign, delegate, designate, specify, ascribe, portion, set apart, put, allot, impute, arrogate

  4. assign, attributeverb

    decide as to where something belongs in a scheme

    "The biologist assigned the mushroom to the proper class"

    Synonyms:
    depute, portion, assign, delegate, allot, specify, ascribe, designate, set apart, put, impute, arrogate

Matched Categories

Dictionary of English Synonymes0.0 / 0 votes

  1. attributeverb

    Synonyms:
    ascribe, assign, refer, impute, consider as due

  2. attributenoun

    Synonyms:
    quality, property, characteristic, peculiarity

Synonyms, Antonyms & Associated Words0.0 / 0 votes

  1. attributenoun

    Synonyms:
    characteristic, peculiarity, predicate, symbol

  2. attributeverb

    Synonyms:
    ascribe, impute, assign, refer, trace

PPDB, the paraphrase database0.0 / 0 votes

  1. List of paraphrases for "attribute":

    attributes, assign, characteristic, allocate, ascribe, feature

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How to use attribute in a sentence?

  1. Clarence Darrow:

    I am pleading for the future; I am pleading for a time when hatred and cruelty will not control the hearts of men. When we can learn by, reason and judgment and understanding and faith that all life is worth saving, and that mercy is the highest attribute of man. Closing argument in Leopold-Loeb trial,

  2. Katharine Graham:

    Once, power was considered a masculine attribute. In fact, power has no sex.

  3. Ralf Thomas:

    If you had a growth momentum of 100%, you can probably attribute something between 7% to 10 % of that to extraordinary behaviour, that is my gut feeling.

  4. Lex Rieffel:

    The policy of engagement that the Obama administration adopted was helpful, it did more good than harm as opposed to the sanctions policy. ( But) let's not attribute the changes in that country to U.S. policy.

  5. Debasish Mridha, M.D.:

    Forgiveness is not a sign of weakness; it is an attribute of bravery.


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