I. noun Etymology: Middle English, from Latin attributus, past participle of attribuere to attribute, from ad- + tribuere to bestow — more at tribute Date: 14th century 1. an inherent characteristic; also an accidental quality 2. 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 3. a word ascribing a quality; especially adjective Synonyms: see quality II. transitive verb (-uted; -uting) Date: 1530 1. to explain by indicating a cause <
attributed his success to his coach
2. 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 Synonyms: see ascribeattributable adjective

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.


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