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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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This paper proposes to examine happiness in light of autonomy and attribution styles.
We propose to examine undergraduates' self-reports of autonomy, attribution styles and happiness in an attempt to understand the relations among these variables.
The data was gathered via the Motivated Strategies for Learning Questionnaire (Pintrich & De Groot 1990), and the Children's Attribution styles Questionnaire (Petersen & Seligman 1984).
In order to evaluate attribution styles, the Children's Attribution styles Questionnaire was used.
A recent study by Harvey, Harris and Martinko (2008) examined the role of attributions as predictors of job satisfaction, stress and turnover intentions.
As far as failure attributions in English were concerned, it was found that male students considered lack of interest as most important failure cause; while females quoted lack of effort as root cause of their failure.
Another line of evidence favoring the External Attributions Model concerns studies on ethnic differences in self-esteem.
Attributions of responsibility for problem cause and problem solution: Their relationship to self-esteem.
Thwaytes has to a certain extent provided helpful clarification of the law of negligence as it applies to fine art attributions and De Balkany showed that it is in theory possible for an auction house to breach the standard of care owed.
Instead of transitions, the closest examples of research examining how partisan biases motivate responsibility attributions deal with other situations where responsibility may be ambiguous, such as across institutions (Rudolph 2003b), in competing policy domains (Sirin and Villalobos 2011), in cases of "divided federalism" (Atkeson and Maestas 2012; Brown 2010), or in disaster response (Atkeson and Maestas 2012; Maestas et al.
The omnibus external attributions results also suggested season success/failure was an influential main effect factor F (3,181) = 6.
Symptom attribution and the recognition of psychiatric morbidity.