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attribute
used in In Cold Blood

2 meanings, 4 uses
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1  —1 use as in:
It is an attribute of...
Definition
a characteristic (of something or someone)
  • And yet this was at least a partially inaccurate impression, for now and again the prisoner glimpsed him as he paused to talk to other men, joke with them and laugh, and then he seemed carefree, jovial, generous: "The kind of person who might see the human side"-an important attribute, for the man was Roland H. Tate, Judge of the 32nd Judicial District, the jurist who would preside at the trial of the State of Kansas versus Smith and Hickock.
    4 — The Corner (15% in)
attribute = characteristic
There are no more uses of "attribute" flagged with this meaning in In Cold Blood.

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2  —3 uses 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
  • Dewey himself, did not believe the boy had "anything to do with it"; still, it was true that at this early stage of the investigation, Bobby was the only person to whom a motive, however feeble, could be attributed.
    2 — Persons Unknown (9% in)
attributed = credited (pointed to as the cause of something)
Other Uses (with this meaning)
  • Twice now he'd been told, and the two versions were very much alike, the only serious discrepancy being that Hickock attributed all four deaths to Smith, while Smith contended that Hickock had killed the two women.
    3 — Answer (97% in)
  • attributed = credited (pointed to as the cause of)
  • Except for the latter, these men were offered as "character witnesses"-persons expected to attribute to the accused a few human virtues.
    4 — The Corner (48% in)
attribute = credit (point to as having the stated characteristics)
There are no more uses of "attribute" flagged with this meaning in In Cold Blood.

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