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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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In year 2, the P group sustained a $200 CNOL, attributed as follows: $90 to P, $70 to S1 and $40 to S2.
coffee companies, I find fault with much of the premise of Joshua Kurlantzick's article on the current crisis affecting the global coffee industry, "Coffee Snobs Unite," but I am particularly concerned about his use of quotes attributed to me.
Cleo's decline can, I believe, be attributed to more than her "mistakenly look[ing] to high living" (Rodgers 170).
School officials attributed the strong showing on the Stanford 9 Achievement Test in part to focusing more attention in the classroom on the skills assessed in the exams.
The phrase "knowledge discovery in databases" is attributed to a 1989 workshop on KDD (Fayyad, 1996).
This unexpected result is mirrored in the mastication time response and is attributed to the rubber feeding characteristics of the mixer.
The continued improvement in earnings is mainly attributed to strong loan growth and the stable credit quality of the Company's loan portfolios.
investor may also be attributed the PFIC stock owned directly or indirectly by an intermediate entity.
Nikos attributed the drop in minority representation at both schools to several factors, one being that applicants tend to apply to both schools.
The downgrades are primarily due to the deterioration in the pool attributed to expected losses on specially serviced loans, interest shortfalls currently affecting classes G, H and J-2, increasing concentrations of retail and health care loans and an increase in loans with debt service coverage ratios (DSCR) less than 1.
1536, ownership cannot be attributed to siblings, nor can stock that was attributed to a family member be reattributed to another individual.