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

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(computer science)
A data item containing information about a variable.
A characteristic of computer-generated characters, such as underline, boldface, or reverse image.
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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.
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(1) A file access classification. See file attribute and archive attribute.

(2) In relational database management, an attribute is a field within a record (column within a row). See relational database.

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

(4) For printers and screens, an attribute is a characteristic that changes a font, for example, from normal to boldface or underlined. See font characteristics.

(5) In an XML document, an attribute is a sub-element defined within an element. In the following example, GENDER and AGE are attributes within the PERSON element. See XML.

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Adjusted EBITDA attributable to limited partners of $8.7 million for the three months ended June 30, 2019, compared to $5.6 million for the three months ended June 30, 2018, representing a 56% increase.
2) Demand in this category in fiscal 2019 is forecast at 2.91 million units, slipping only 0.1% and thereby remaining virtually unchanged from the fiscal 2018 level, attributable, despite the anticipated slowdown in economic expansion and resulting depressed demand, to the introduction of permanent reductions in the automobile tax and of new, automotive environmental performance-based tax measures (see 1.2) above).
4) As at the end of the reporting period, the derivative financial assets of the Group amounted to RMB330.21 million, representing an increase of RMB330.21 million (or 100%) as compared to that at the end of last year, mainly attributable to the change in the review of items arising from the implementation of a new financial instruments standard by the Group;
Travellers International, owner and operator of Resorts World Manila (RWM), registered an attributable net income of P1.8 billion during the nine-month period, a turnaround from a net loss of P34 million the previous year.
For the study, the experts calculated the numbers of cancer cases attributable to alcohol consumption in each s3x based on cancer data from two population-based cancer registries (PBCRs) in Nigeria.
In their latest research, the investigators used the Global Burden of Disease study methodologies to estimate the burden of CKD attributable to air pollution.
The company reported net income attributable to common shareholders of USD193m in the second quarter of 2017 compared to net income attributable to common shareholders of USD147m in the year-ago period.
As of September 30, 2014, BBX Capital had total consolidated assets of USD386.5m, shareholders' equity attributable to BBX Capital of approximately USD309.7m, and total consolidated equity of approximately USD311m.
This increase was attributable to a $11.5 million increase in local spot revenue, an increase of $15.5 million in national advertising and live event revenue, a $10.1 million increase in revenue due to the December 2013 acquisition of WestwoodOne, a $1.6 million increase attributable to the 5 stations in Fresno and a $5.9 million increase attributable to the addition of stations in the Bloomington and Peoria markets which we acquired 7/12, partially offset by a decrease of $20.8 million in political comps.
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Q3 2009 non-GAAP earnings per share and net income attributable to controlling interest exceeded First Call consensus estimates, which were USD0.30 and USD4.6m, respectively, the company said.
Finnish airline Finnair (OMX Helsinki:FIA1S) reported on Thursday a loss attributable to shareholders of EUR20.7m for the third quarter 2009, compared to a loss attributable to shareholders of EUR17.8m for the same period of last year.