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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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(119) As far as the rules of evidence are concerned, it is always the circumstances of the fact finder as attributor that need to be controlled vis-a-vis which possibilities are open or closed to consideration in making knowledge attributions.
Of course the statements of objective truth mean in the same time the belief of the attributor. Therefore Jake's statements:
Periodic maintenance also involves the review and update of data definitions and data capture forms and tools, and the occasional assessment of matching error in the attributor code.
In the mindreading case, process-driven simulation can succeed in producing a final state that is identical or isomorphic to that of the target as long as (1) the process or mechanism driving the simulation is identical, or relatively similar, to the process or mechanism that drives the target and (2) the initial states of the simulating system (the attributor) are the same as, or relevantly similar to, those of the target.
Attributor can send an e-mail on behalf of the publisher to all sites carrying unauthorized content and give them options, such as providing a link to the originating publisher's site, striking a deal to split ad revenues, or demand the site remove the content.
Founded in 2005, Attributor has raised $10 million from Sigma Partners, Selby Ventures, Draper Richards, First Round Capital, and Amicus.
The content of the belief is explicitly expressed by the attributor's that-clause, and the I-function that is being said to licence attribution of the content to the individual is provided by the implicit indexical.
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A recent study by US technology firm Attributor claimed the daily demand for pirated ebooks could be estimated at between 1.5million and 3million people worldwide, with the number of searches having increased by 50 per cent over the previous 12 months.