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attribute

noun

Synonyms and Antonyms of attribute

  1. something that sets apart an individual from others of the same kind list the attributes of a mammal Synonyms of attribute affection, characteristic, attribution, character, criterion, diagnostic, differentia, feature, fingerprint, hallmark, mark, marker, note, particularity, peculiarity, point, property, quality, specific, stamp, touch, traitWords Related to attribute badge, indication, sign; emblem, symbol, token; charm, grace; excellence, merit, virtue; eccentricity, idiosyncrasy, oddity, quirk; individuality, singularity, uniqueness

Synonym Discussion of attribute

quality, property, character, attribute mean an intelligible feature by which a thing may be identified. quality is a general term applicable to any trait or characteristic whether individual or generic.
    • material with a silky quality
property implies a characteristic that belongs to a thing's essential nature and may be used to describe a type or species.
    • the property of not conducting heat
character applies to a peculiar and distinctive quality of a thing or a class.
    • remarks of an unseemly character
attribute implies a quality ascribed to a thing or a being.
    • the attributes of a military hero

attribute

verb

Synonyms and Antonyms of attribute

  1. 1 to explain (something) as being the result of something else attributed the quick rescue to the well-trained police force Synonyms of attribute accredit, ascribe, credit, chalk up, impute, lay, put downWords Related to attribute blame, charge, father (on), impute (to), pin (on); assign, refer; associate, attach, connect, link

  2. 2 to give the reason for or cause of a psychotherapist who's a little too quick to attribute every emotional problem or character defect to an unhappy childhood Synonyms of attribute account (for), explain, explain away, rationalizeWords Related to attribute condone, excuse, forgive, justify; absolve, acquit, exculpate, exonerate, vindicate

Synonym Discussion of attribute

ascribe, attribute, assign, impute, credit mean to lay something to the account of a person or thing. ascribe suggests an inferring or conjecturing of cause, quality, authorship.
    • forged paintings formerly ascribed to masters
attribute suggests less tentativeness than ascribe, less definiteness than assign.
    • attributed to Rembrandt but possibly done by an associate
assign implies ascribing with certainty or after deliberation.
    • assigned the bones to the Cretaceous period
impute suggests ascribing something that brings discredit by way of accusation or blame.
    • tried to impute sinister motives to my actions
credit implies ascribing a thing or especially an action to a person or other thing as its agent, source, or explanation.
    • credited his teammates for his success


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