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 for attribute
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Attribute \At"tri*bute\, n. [L. attributum.]
     1. That which is attributed; a quality which is considered as
        belonging to, or inherent in, a person or thing; an
        essential or necessary property or characteristic.
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              But mercy is above this sceptered away; . . .
              It is an attribute to God himself.    --Shak.
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     2. Reputation. [Poetic]                        --Shak.
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     3. (Paint. & Sculp.) A conventional symbol of office,
        character, or identity, added to any particular figure;
        as, a club is the attribute of Hercules.
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     4. (Gram.) Quality, etc., denoted by an attributive; an
        attributive adjunct or adjective.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Attribute \At*trib"ute\ ([a^]t"tr[i^]*b[=u]t), v. t. [imp. & p.
     p. Attributed; p. pr. & vb. n. Attributing.] [L.
     attributus, p. p. of attribuere; ad + tribuere to bestow. See
     To ascribe; to consider (something) as due or appropriate
     (to); to refer, as an effect to a cause; to impute; to
     assign; to consider as belonging (to).
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           We attribute nothing to God that hath any repugnancy or
           contradiction in it.                     --Abp.
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           The merit of service is seldom attributed to the true
           and exact performer.                     --Shak.
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     Syn: See Ascribe.
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From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

      n 1: a construct whereby objects or individuals can be
           distinguished; "self-confidence is not an endearing
           property" [syn: property, attribute, dimension]
      2: an abstraction belonging to or characteristic of an entity
      v 1: attribute or credit to; "We attributed this quotation to
           Shakespeare"; "People impute great cleverness to cats"
           [syn: impute, ascribe, assign, attribute]
      2: decide as to where something belongs in a scheme; "The
         biologist assigned the mushroom to the proper class" [syn:
         assign, attribute]

From Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0 :

  139 Moby Thesaurus words for "attribute":
     IC analysis, account for, accredit, accredit with, accrete to,
     acknowledge, affection, apply, apply to, appositive, aroma,
     ascribe, ascribe to, assign, assign to, attach, attach to,
     attribute to, attributive, badge, blame, blame for, blame on,
     brand, bring home to, cachet, calendar, cast, character,
     characteristic, charge, charge on, charge to, chronologize,
     complement, confess, configuration, connect with,
     construction modifier, credit, credit with, cut, cutting, date,
     deep structure, differentia, differential, direct object,
     distinctive feature, earmark, emblem, fasten upon, father upon,
     feature, figure, filler, fix on, fix upon, flavor,
     form-function unit, function, give, gust, hallmark, hang on,
     idiocrasy, idiosyncrasy, immediate constituent analysis, impress,
     impression, impute, impute to, index, indirect object,
     individualism, keynote, lay, lay to, levels, lineaments, mannerism,
     mark, marking, modifier, mold, nature, object, odor, particularity,
     peculiarity, phrase structure, pin on, pinpoint, place, place upon,
     point to, predicate, property, put, qualifier, quality, quirk,
     ranks, refer, refer to, saddle on, saddle with, savor, seal,
     set down to, settle upon, shallow structure, shape, singularity,
     slot, slot and filler, smack, specialty, stamp, strata, structure,
     subject, surface structure, syntactic analysis,
     syntactic structure, syntactics, syntax, tagmeme, taint, tang,
     taste, token, trace to, trait, trick, underlying structure, virtue,
     word arrangement, word order

From The Free On-line Dictionary of Computing (18 March 2015) :

      A named value or relationship that exists for some or
     all instances of some entity and is directly associated
     with that instance.
     Examples include the href attribute of an HTML anchor
     element, the columns of a database table considered as
     members+({properties">attributes of each row, and the members ({properties and
     methods of an object in OOP.  This contrasts with the
     contents of some kind of container (e.g. an array), which are
     typically not named.  The contents of an associative array,
     though they might be considered to be named by their key
     values, are not normally thought of as attributes.

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