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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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Fitch also expects losses attributed to a loan collateralized by a multifamily property located in Bowling Green, KY, which is currently 2.
While the loan remains current, several non-payment issues, including property and patient neglect were reported and Fitch is concerned with a potential loss attributed to this loan.
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Conolog President, Marc Benou, stated, "Profits in the third quarter were attributed to increased sales of the PTR1500 and PTR1000, as well as from our recently introduced PDR2000.
The decrease is attributed to lower net sales, however gross margin as a percentage of net sales has remained consistent at 57%.
Should the swing vote premium assigned to each block be attributed to all 30% transferred, or should only that portion of the block needed by a son to gain control (i.
Pfizer's high position can also be attributed to strong sales and marketing and innovative new products.
Both cases arose out of discrimination suits against the same employer, and both involved settlements in which half of the amount was attributed to back pay and the other half to liquidated damages.
Ownership of stock in an FPHC must be attributed to an individual from his spouse, ancestors, lineal descendants, and brothers and sisters (Sec.