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Definition 1: an abstraction belonging to or characteristic of an entity - [noun denoting tops]

(attribute is a kind of ...) a general concept formed by extracting common features from specific examples

(... is a kind of attribute ) the quality of being cheerful and dispelling gloom

"flowers added a note of cheerfulness to the drab room"

(... is a kind of attribute ) not conducive to cheer or good spirits

(... is a kind of attribute ) an attribute that tends to give stability in character and morals; something that steadies the mind or feelings

(... is a kind of attribute ) (anthropology) the distinctive spirit of a culture or an era

"the Greek ethos"

(... is a kind of attribute ) (anthropology) the distinctive expression of the cognitive or intellectual character of a culture or a social group

(... is a kind of attribute ) an essential and distinguishing attribute of something or someone

"the quality of mercy is not strained"

(... is a kind of attribute ) a basic or essential attribute shared by all members of a class

"a study of the physical properties of atomic particles"

(... is a kind of attribute ) any attribute or immaterial possession that is inherited from ancestors

"my only inheritance was my mother's blessing" "the world's heritage of knowledge"

(... is a kind of attribute ) the complex of all the attributes--behavioral, temperamental, emotional and mental--that characterize a unique individual

"their different reactions reflected their very different personalities" "it is his nature to help others"

(... is a kind of attribute ) an attribute that is common to all members of a category

(... is a kind of attribute ) the way something is with respect to its main attributes

"the current state of knowledge" "his state of health" "in a weak financial state"

(... is a kind of attribute ) the spatial arrangement of something as distinct from its substance

"geometry is the mathematical science of shape"

(... is a kind of attribute ) the continuum of experience in which events pass from the future through the present to the past

"he waited for along time" "it took some time before he got an answer" "time flies like an arrow"

(... is a kind of attribute ) the unlimited expanse in which everything is located

"they tested his ability to locate objects in space" "the boundless regions of the infinite"

(... is a kind of attribute ) the shared psychological attributes of humankind that are assumed to be shared by all human beings

"a great observer of human nature"

(... is a kind of attribute ) a distinguishing feature of your personal nature

(... is a kind of attribute ) (genetics) an attribute (structural or functional) that is determined by a gene or group of genes

(... is a kind of attribute ) any attribute or quality considered as having its own existence

"the thing I like about her is ..."

(... is a kind of attribute ) the attribute or quality of being deep, strong, or intense

"the depth of his breathing" "the depth of his sighs" "the depth of his emotion"

Definition 2: a construct whereby objects or individuals can be distinguished - [noun denoting cognition]

Samples where attribute or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • self-confidence is not an endearing property

Synonyms for attribute in the sense of this definition

(attribute is a kind of ...) an abstract or general idea inferred or derived from specific instances

(... is a kind of attribute ) a characteristic property that defines the apparent individual nature of something

"each town has a quality all its own" "the radical character of our demands"

(... is a kind of attribute ) a prominent attribute or aspect of something

"the map showed roads and other features" "generosity is one of his best characteristics"

(... is a kind of attribute ) (linguistics) a distinctive characteristic of a linguistic unit that serves to distinguish it from other units of the same kind

Definition 3: attribute or credit to - [verb of cognition]

Samples where attribute or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • We attributed this quotation to Shakespeare
  • People impute great cleverness to cats

Synonyms for attribute in the sense of this definition

(attribute is a kind of ...) form a critical opinion of

"I cannot judge some works of modern art" "How do you evaluate this grant proposal?" "We shouldn't pass judgment on other people"

(... is a kind of attribute ) regard as objective

(... is a kind of attribute ) attribute responsibility to

"We blamed the accident on her" "The tragedy was charged to her inexperience"

(... is a kind of attribute ) ascribe an achievement to

"She was not properly credited in the program"

(... is a kind of attribute ) attribute human qualities to something

"The Greeks personated their gods ridiculous"

(... is a kind of attribute ) ascribe human features to something

(... is a kind of attribute ) attribute to another source

(... is a kind of attribute ) give someone credit for something

"We credited her for saving our jobs"

(... is a kind of attribute ) ascribe to an origin in sensation

(attribute has a similar meaning as ...) attribute (responsibility or fault) to a cause or source

"The teacher imputed the student's failure to his nervousness"

(... is a kind of attribute ) incorporate within oneself; make subjective or personal

"internalize a belief"

Definition 4: decide as to where something belongs in a scheme - [verb of cognition]

Samples where attribute or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • The biologist assigned the mushroom to the proper class

Synonyms for attribute in the sense of this definition

(attribute is a kind of ...) form a critical opinion of

"I cannot judge some works of modern art" "How do you evaluate this grant proposal?" "We shouldn't pass judgment on other people"

(... is a kind of attribute ) assign to a class or kind

"How should algae be classified?" "People argue about how to relegate certain mushrooms"

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