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

Examples: lawyer, liberal, Native American

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Usage Notes:

  • Plural: attributes
  • An attribute needs to be observable and measurable to be studied.
  • An attribute can be a constant or variable.
  • Types:
  • Also called:
    • dimension
    • property
  • Attribute used in a sentence: Studying is an attribute of a successful student.
  • 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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Works Consulted

The American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language. 5th ed. 2011. Boston: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt.

Random House Webster’s College Dictionary. 1997. New York: Random House.

Wikipedia contributors. (N.d.) Wiktionary, The Free Dictionary. Wikimedia Foundation. (


How to Cite the Definition of Attribute

ASA – American Sociological Association (5th edition)

Bell, Kenton, ed. 2014. “attribute.” In Open Education Sociology Dictionary. Retrieved May 19, 2019 (

APA – American Psychological Association (6th edition)

attribute. (2014). In K. Bell (Ed.), Open education sociology dictionary. Retrieved from

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

Bell, Kenton, ed. 2014. “attribute.” In Open Education Sociology Dictionary. Accessed May 19, 2019.

MLA – Modern Language Association (7th edition)

“attribute.” Open Education Sociology Dictionary. Ed. Kenton Bell. 2014. Web. 19 May. 2019. <>.