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1  —as in:
It is an attribute of...
Definition a characteristic (of something or someone)
  • The spreadsheet has a column to describe the breed of dog and then ten additional columns to indicate attributes of the breeds. For example the second column has the average full-grown weight.
attributes = characteristics
Other Uses (with this meaning)
  • She described his physical attributes.
  • attributes = characteristics
  • A key attribute of amphibians is that they use gills prior to metamorphosing to use lungs.
  • attribute = characteristic (of something or someone)
  • Flexibility of mind, a disposition easily biased by others, is an attribute which you know I am not very desirous of obtaining
    Jane Austen  --  Lady Susan
  • attribute = characteristic (of something or someone)
  • "The fourth essential attribute," the Chief Elder said, "is wisdom."
    Lois Lowry  --  The Giver
  • attribute = characteristic
  • those divine attributes which the believers in a living God always ascribe to Him?
    Abraham Lincoln  --  Abraham Lincoln's Second Inaugural Address
  • attributes = characteristics
  • Patience had never been one of her strongest attributes.
    Nicholas Sparks  --  The Notebook
  • attributes = characteristics
  • One of Sukeena's many wonderful attributes is her ability to remain calm and consistent.
    Stephen King  --  Rose Red
  • attributes = characteristics (of something or someone)
  • For all that, it has never been my position that good accent and command of language are not attractive attributes, and I always considered it my duty to develop them as best I could.
    Kazuo Ishiguro  --  The Remains of the Day
  • attributes = characteristics (of something or someone)
  • I knew that all the attributes he was teased for, at age five, were going to work in his favor by the time he was thirty-five, but I couldn't get him there overnight.
    Jodi Picoult  --  Nineteen Minutes
attributes = traits (characteristics)

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2  —as in:
I attribute it to...
Definition to credit (a source for something)
in two typical senses:
  • "I attribute it to her work." — to say who or what made something happen
  • "Remember to attribute any quotations in your paper." — indicate the source of a quotation or idea
  • She attributed this quotation to Shakespeare.
attributed = credited (pointed to as the source of)
Other Uses (with this meaning)
  • Never attribute to malice that which can be adequately explained by stupidity.
    Hanlon's Razor
  • attribute = credit (regard as the source)
  • She attributes her success to hard work.
  • attributes = gives credit for
  • As usual, he didn't ask about my day, preferring to work in silence. Yesterday I'd attributed it to the fact that we were strangers; today I understood that there was a possibility we always would be.
    Nicholas Sparks  --  Dear John
  • attributed = credited (pointed to as the cause of)
  • Was he really a coward, as his son had so brutally pointed out? Certainly, in World War I, he considered himself one. He attributed his survival to it.
    Markus Zusak  --  The Book Thief
  • attributed = credited (pointed to as the cause of)
  • Much of the marble coldness of Hester's impression was to be attributed to the circumstance that her life had turned, in a great measure, from passion and feeling to thought.
    Nathaniel Hawthorne  --  The Scarlet Letter
  • attributed = credited (pointed to as the cause of something)
  • Great floods and rains had swollen the waters that flowed east; and there had been an earthquake or two (which some were inclined to attribute to the dragon)...
    J.R.R. Tolkien  --  The Hobbit
  • attribute = credit (point to as the cause of)
  • To find a documented poisoning attributable to wild sweet pea, I had to go all the way back to the nineteenth-century annals of Arctic exploration.
    Jon Krakauer  --  Into the Wild
  • attributable = with cause able to be traced
    (Editor's note:  The suffix "-able" means able to be. This is the same pattern you see in words like breakable, understandable, and comfortable.)
  • His status in life is directly attributable to the choices he's made, and his life will improve only through better decisions.
    J.D. Vance  --  Hillbilly Elegy
  • attributable = traceable (caused by)
    (Editor's note:  The suffix "-able" means able to be. This is the same pattern you see in words like breakable, understandable, and comfortable.)
  • Her mother, inclined at first to attribute her complaints to moping, took a second look at her flushed cheeks and put her to bed.
    Elizabeth George Speare  --  The Witch of Blackbird Pond
attribute = credit (point to as the cause of)

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