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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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Employee attributions of the "why" of HR practices: Their effects on employee attitudes and behaviors, and customer satisfaction.
Employee attributions of innovation and implementation behavior.
The thought listing technique described by Cacioppo and Petty (1981) was adapted to manipulate students' attributions in order to assess how they influence one's perception of adjustment to college life.
Specifically, seven participants were removed from the final data set because they did not list a sufficient number of positive [negative] thoughts and feelings for the thought listing task to be considered a successful manipulation of their attributions, and three participants were removed because the thoughts they described were not consistent with their assigned set of instructions (e.g., a participant was assigned to the positive thought listing condition, but the coding classification indicated that the participant listed negative instead of positive thoughts).
The first set of hypotheses predicted that internal attributions and advertiser trust would not differ by the amount of side effect information when external attribution was higher.
Overall, this study offers evidence suggesting consumers consider a variety of explanations to be viable attributions for the presence of side effect information in DTCA.
Regardless of whether it was Burby's edition of Love's Labour's Lost or one of Wise's reprints that first appeared on bookstalls with a paratextual attribution in 1598, it is Wise's publication practices that are especially significant for understanding Shakespearean attribution and publication.
Given the geographical proximity of the bookshops, it is likely that the Wise quartos and their printed presentation and success influenced The Passionate Pilgrim's title-page attribution, thus furthering the link between these two bookshops and their stationers, and the association of this area of St Paul's with Shakespeare as an attributed writer of dramatic and non-dramatic texts.
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.
Some of the most famous art cases in history have involved questions of attribution, such as the case brought in 1929 against the great art dealer Joseph Duveen by Mrs Harry J.
It is therefore not entirely surprising to see the partisan patterns found in responsibility attributions similarly present when considering variation in presidential approval.
In general, the participants were somewhat more objective in their attributions than expected, so this was perhaps the clearest example of self-esteem recovery (or a coping technique) exhibited by the fans in this study (Wann & Schrader, 2000).