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Logic the property, quality, or feature that is affirmed or denied concerning the subject of a proposition





a dependent member of a sentence grammatically subordinated to a substantive (or noun in languages without grammatical differentiation of nouns) and indicating a characteristic of an object, phenomenon, and the like.

An attribute may be (in Russian, German, Latin, many other Indo-European languages, Arabic, and Bantu, for example) in agreement (bol’shoi gorod, “big city”; nash sad, “our garden”) or nonagreement (dom s mezoninom, “house with an attic”; German, das Buch des Genossen, “the comrade’s book”). In some languages (Semitic, Turkic, and others), the addition of an attribute (corresponding to a Russian attribute in the genitive case) to a noun requires morphological changes in the dependent word (called postpositional attributive construction). Apposition is a special kind of attribution.


(computer science)
A data item containing information about a variable.
A characteristic of computer-generated characters, such as underline, boldface, or reverse image.


A named value or relationship that exists for some or all instances of some entity and is directly associated with that instance.

Examples include the href attribute of an HTML anchor element, the columns of a database table considered as attributes of each row, and the members (properties and methods of an object in OOP. This contrasts with the contents of some kind of container (e.g. an array), which are typically not named. The contents of an associative array, though they might be considered to be named by their key values, are not normally thought of as attributes.


(1) In relational database management, a field within a record.

(2) In object technology, a single element of data. See instance attribute and static attribute.

(3) For printers and display screens, a characteristic that changes a font, for example, from normal to bold or underlined, or from normal to reverse video.

(4) In an XML document, a sub element defined within an element. In the following example, GENDER and AGE are attributes within the PERSON element:

(5) A file access classification that determines how a file is retrieved, erased or backed up. See file attribute.
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Attributions of responsibility and presidential approval attitudes may be closely related as well; if approval varies with changes in economic indicators and perceptions (McAvoy 2006, 2008) and other issues like war and foreign policy depending on issue salience (Edwards, Mitchell, and Welch 1995; McAvoy 2006), citizens must be connecting the president's performance to these issue conditions and ascribing him responsibility.
It is therefore not entirely surprising to see the partisan patterns found in responsibility attributions similarly present when considering variation in presidential approval.
The omnibus external attributions results also suggested season success/failure was an influential main effect factor F (3,181) = 6.
This pilot study sought to identify the relationship of somatic awareness and symptom attribution to treatment-seeking behaviors, specifically time to care.
Past studies have looked at the role of attributions in job satisfaction (McCormick, 1997, Norris and Niebuhr, 1984).
It seems that the Egyptian scribes of the Amarna period were accustomed to double attribution in narrative literature and quite easily brought this into their letters.
Each Letter to Shareholders was content analyzed in order to identify and code attributions presented in sentences that discussed performance issues.
As is the case with internal attributions, external attributions also tend to be associated with poorer psychological well-being including greater depression and trauma symptoms and lower self-esteem (Arata & Burkhart, 1996; Branscombe et al.
Table 3 presents the means and standard deviations of academic achievements for students in the three waves with different achievement attributions.
The resulting attributions can be classified by their presumed locus of causality, either internal (ability and effort) or external (task difficulty and luck) to the actor (Weiner et al.
In order to identify students at the extremes of calibration accuracy, only students who were consistently poor and consistently good across prediction and postdiction accuracy were included in the comparative analysis of attributions for good versus poor calibrators.
Social psychologists call it fundamental attribution error.