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Merriam-Webster Online Dictionary
attribute (noun)
an inherent characteristic , also an accidental quality
an object closely associated with or belonging to a specific person, thing, or office - a scepter is the attribute of power , especially such an object used for identification in painting or sculpture
a word ascribing a quality , especially - adjective quality
attribute (verb)
transitive verb
to explain by indicating a cause - attributed his success to his coach
a) to regard as a characteristic of a person or thing
b) to reckon as made or originated in an indicated fashion - attributed the invention to a Russian
c) - classify designate ascribe
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