- to regard as resulting from a specified cause; consider as caused by something indicated (usually followed by to): She attributed his bad temper to ill health.
- to consider as a quality or characteristic of the person, thing, group, etc., indicated: He attributed intelligence to his colleagues.
- to consider as made by the one indicated, especially with strong evidence but in the absence of conclusive proof: to attribute a painting to an artist.
- to regard as produced by or originating in the time, period, place, etc., indicated; credit; assign: to attribute a work to a particular period; to attribute a discovery to a particular country.
- something attributed as belonging to a person, thing, group, etc.; a quality, character, characteristic, or property: Sensitivity is one of his attributes.
- something used as a symbol of a particular person, office, or status: A scepter is one of the attributes of a king.
- Grammar. a word or phrase that is syntactically subordinate to another and serves to limit, identify, particularize, describe, or supplement the meaning of the form with which it is in construction. In the red house, red is an attribute of house.
- Fine Arts. an object associated with or symbolic of a character, office, or quality, as the keys of St. Peter or the lion skin of Hercules.
- Philosophy. (in the philosophy of Spinoza) any of the essential qualifications of God, thought and extension being the only ones known.Compare mode1(def 4b).
- Logic. (in a proposition) that which is affirmed or denied concerning the subject.
- Obsolete. distinguished character; reputation.
Origin of attribute
Related Wordsdetectable, identifiable, attributable, owed, matured, mature, unsettled, trackable, comeuppance, due, outstanding, overdue, payable, accountable, derivative, verifiable, ascribable, referable, available, determinable
Examples from the Web for attributable
While all these deaths are not attributable to ISIS alone, ISIS is identified as the primary actor.ISIS’s Gruesome Muslim Death Toll
October 7, 2014
This and other excellent results are attributable to several changes in the political structure of policing.Prosecuting Officer Wilson Won't Bring Justice to Ferguson
August 23, 2014
And this appears to be attributable, at least in part, to the fact that Mortenson had secrets he wanted to protect.Is It Time to Forgive Greg Mortenson?
April 8, 2013
Part of that is attributable to differences in life choices and family circumstances, but not all.Wisconsin’s Repeal of Equal Pay Rights Adds to Battles for Women
April 7, 2012
M.H.M. Vlak, et al. “Trigger Factors and Their Attributable Risk for Rupture of Intracranial Aneurysms.”Can Coffee Save Your Life?
October 28, 2011
This is attributable to the neglect and exposure which are far too often their lot.Cattle and Their Diseases
This was, of course, attributable to the difference in their food and drink.The Story of a Cannoneer Under Stonewall Jackson
Edward A. Moore
To this cause in no small degree were the delays of 1868 and 1869 attributable.The Story of the First Trans-Continental Railroad
W. F. Bailey.
The reason to which these blessings are attributable, is consideration for the elect.Commentary on Genesis, Vol. II
Is it true that her illness is attributable to nursing those people?Macaria
Augusta Jane Evans Wilson
- (tr usually foll by to) to regard as belonging (to), produced (by), or resulting (from); ascribe (to)to attribute a painting to Picasso
- a property, quality, or feature belonging to or representative of a person or thing
- an object accepted as belonging to a particular office or position
- an adjective or adjectival phrase
- an attributive adjective
- logic the property, quality, or feature that is affirmed or denied concerning the subject of a proposition
Word Origin and History for attributable
late 14c., "assign, bestow," from Latin attributus, past participle of attribuere "assign to, add, bestow;" figuratively "to attribute, ascribe, impute," from ad- "to" + tribuere "assign, give, bestow" (see tribute). Related: Attributed; attributing.
"quality ascribed to someone," late 14c., from Latin attributum "anything attributed," noun use of neuter of attributus (see attribute (v.)). Distinguished from the verb by pronunciation.