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Definition of Attribute

(noun) Any characteristic or quality of an individual or group.

Examples of Attribute

Attribute Pronunciation

  • IPA Pronunciation
    • American English
      • /ˈatrɪbjuːt/
    • British English
      • /ˈatrɪbjuːt/
  • Syllabification: (at·trib·ute)

Usage Notes

  • Plural: attributes
  • An attribute needs to be observable and measurable to be studied.
  • An attribute can be a constant or a variable.
  • A researcher is an (noun) attributer (attributor) that (verb) attributes an (adjective) attributable or (adjective) attributive attribute by (verb) attributing the attribute (adverb) attributively.

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Cite the Definition of Attribute

ASA – American Sociological Association (5th edition)

Bell, Kenton, ed. 2014. “attribute.” In Open Education Sociology Dictionary. Retrieved October 19, 2019 (https://sociologydictionary.org/attribute/).

APA – American Psychological Association (6th edition)

attribute. (2014). In K. Bell (Ed.), Open education sociology dictionary. Retrieved from https://sociologydictionary.org/attribute/

Chicago/Turabian: Author-Date – Chicago Manual of Style (16th edition)

Bell, Kenton, ed. 2014. “attribute.” In Open Education Sociology Dictionary. Accessed October 19, 2019. https://sociologydictionary.org/attribute/.

MLA – Modern Language Association (7th edition)

“attribute.” Open Education Sociology Dictionary. Ed. Kenton Bell. 2014. Web. 19 Oct. 2019. <https://sociologydictionary.org/attribute/>.