• WordNet 3.6
    • adj attributive of adjectives; placed before the nouns they modify "`red' is an attributive adjective in `a red apple'"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Each year in America there are about 300,000 deaths that can be attributed to obesity
    • n Attributive (Gram) A word that denotes an attribute; esp. a modifying word joined to a noun; an adjective or adjective phrase.
    • a Attributive Attributing; pertaining to, expressing, or assigning an attribute; of the nature of an attribute.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: At least 7% of all health care costs in the United States are attributed to smoking
    • attributive Pertaining to or having the character of attribution: as, the attributive use or relation of certain words; attributive qualities or insignia; an attributive judgment (in logic).
    • attributive In grammar, pertaining to or expressing an attribute; used (as a word) in direct description without predication: as, a bad pen, a burning house, a ruined man. An attributive word is to be distinguished from a predicative: as, the pen is bad; the man is ruined; and from an appositive: as, the pen, bad as it is, might be worse; this man, ruined by another's misconduct, is in misery. All adjective words, as proper adjectives, adjective pronouns, and participles, may be used attributively; also nouns: as, a pine table; a gold ring; my hunter friend; the young soldier-boy. The relation of an adverb to the adjective qualified by it is also by some called attributive.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: The ancient Greeks had a fascination with the planet Mars. They attributed the planet to Ares, their god of war, because of its red colour
    • adj Attributive expressing an attribute
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  • Marshall Mcluhan
    “American youth attributes much more importance to arriving at driver's license age than at voting age.”
  • Mahatma Gandhi
    “The weak can never forgive. Forgiveness is the attribute of the strong.”
  • Miguel De Cervantes
    “Among the attributes of God, although they are equal, mercy shines with even more brilliance than justice.”
  • Dorothy Parker
    “Gratitude -- the meanest and most sniveling attribute in the world.”
  • Thomas Szasz
    “Happiness is an imaginary condition, formerly often attributed by the living to the dead, now usually attributed by adults to children, and by children to adults.”
  • Mahatma Gandhi
    “I have also seen children successfully surmounting the effects of an evil inheritance. That is due to purity being an inherent attribute of the soul.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Cf. F. attributif,
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
L. attribuĕre, -tributumad, to, tribu-ĕre, to give.


In literature:

Not only were men given the attributes of animals, but animals were endowed with the gifts peculiar to man.
"History of English Humour, Vol. 1 (of 2)" by Alfred Guy Kingan L'Estrange
Whatever there is in nature which the Indian cannot grasp at once, he attributes to mysterious supernatural agencies.
"The Delight Makers" by Adolf Bandelier
All general names, and therefore not only class-names, like 'sheep,' but all attributives, have some connotation.
"Logic" by Carveth Read
Nothing is gained by attributing to nature vicegerent forces.
"The People's Common Sense Medical Adviser in Plain English" by R. V. Pierce
His conventional attribute was 'devotio.
"The Letters of Cassiodorus" by Cassiodorus (AKA Magnus Aurelius Cassiodorus Senator)
In his logic, the fundamental type of affirmative proposition is the attribution of a predicate to a subject.
"The Concept of Nature" by Alfred North Whitehead
Edwin Booth may be less than either, but he unites attributes of both.
"Shadows of the Stage" by William Winter
The Corsicans themselves have attributed this miserable state of things to two principal causes.
"Sketches and Studies in Italy and Greece, Complete" by John Symonds
Neither of them was a portrait except as attributes or inscriptions designated.
"A Text-Book of the History of Painting" by John C. Van Dyke
Drinking habits were attributed to them; the saying was already in use 'to drink like a Templar.
"Secret Societies And Subversive Movements" by Nesta H. Webster

In poetry:

Even from the common voice;
From those whose envy, daring not dispute
The wonders it decries, attributes them
To magic and such folly.
"Paracelsus: Part III: Paracelsus" by Robert Browning
But the collective attributes that fill,
About the soul, their all-important place;
That feed her fires, empower her fainting will,
And write the God on feeble mortal's face.
"Description Of Egla" by Maria Gowen Brooks
Sometimes through a vale of sadness,
Dim and dark and fearful;
Sometimes o'er the plains of gladness,
Flowery, fresh, and cheerful;
Yet He ever is the same,
Love His attribute, His name.
"God over all" by John Bowring
A dream, to lead my spirit on
With sounds of faery shawms and flutes,
And all mysterious attributes
Of skies of dusk and skies of dawn:
To lead me, like the wandering brooks,
Past all the knowledge of the books.
"Preludes" by Madison Julius Cawein
A nobler lesson learn'd the gallant Tar
From his Orphean lyre—to temper right
The lion's courage with the attributes
That to the gentle and the meek belong;
O'er fallen foes to check the eye of fire—
O'er fallen foes to soften heart of oak.
"The Grave of Dibdin" by Thomas Gent
But where in meadow or mountain shall I match
The individual accent of the speech
That is the ear's familiar? To what sun attribute
The honeyed warmness of his smile?
To which of the deciduous brood is german
The angel peeping from the latticed eye?
"An Old Man" by R S Thomas

In news:

He attributed it to economic growth and increased tax revenue, all thanks to his stewardship.
Nearly all raw-water-pump impellers are made of neoprene, a synthetic rubber that possesses the twin attributes of resiliency and abrasion resistance.
But the final thing that triggered Peirce to introduce these initiatives was a comment he attributed to Mayor David Schwan, who said Carefree could impose a property tax if it's properly sold to the public.
As masses in the Arab world take to the streets demonstrating against politicians in power, much of the fuel for these meet-ups can be attributed to organizing on social media outlets.
The primary objective of this work is to categorize the available fly ashes in different parts of the world into distinct groups based on its compositional attributes.
As is so woefully frequent in columns that incorporate any number of quotations, one is reminded of what has been (probably erroneously) attributed to the oft-quoted Dr Samuel Johnson.
WASHINGTON Medical device maker Medtronic Inc helped write and edit medical journal articles attributed to outside physicians, which downplayed the risks of the company's best-selling bone graft, according to a report by Senate investigators.
These rustic branch bottles have all the attributes that make a cabin project great: They're woodsy, fun to make and darn near free.
The sudden drop has been attributed to the succession of cold fronts that have battered the South for the past month.
Chiropractors commonly encounter spinal conditions associated with autonomic concomitants attributable to somatovisceral or, conversely, viscerosomatic reflexes.
She had had this pain since 1991, which her general practitioner initially attributed to a mechanical cause.
Nonintrusive methods generally include a simple scan of the target system's attributes (e.g.
Fifty-three people are made ill by exceptionally potent lavatory—sickness is attributed to ammonia fumes.
Allen Quist is attributing his Tuesday election loss in Minnesota's 1st Congressional District to a surprise DFL voter turnout fueled by Minnesota's constitutional amendments and a lack of support from national Republican organizations.
Implementation of agency in a cognitive system implies that certain beliefs, values and/or goals represented in the system become, if implicitly, attributed to the self of the agent.

In science:

Composition Function: Intuitively, the composition function F combines the attributes of input links and generates new attributes for the output link produced by composition.
SocialScope: Enabling Information Discovery on Social Content Sites
These attributes may be link attributes or node attributes.
SocialScope: Enabling Information Discovery on Social Content Sites
Aggregation Function: Intuitively, the aggregation function takes as input a collection of links (and their associated attributes and values) and produces as output a value to be associated with the attribute att.
SocialScope: Enabling Information Discovery on Social Content Sites
Each of these functions must have an input attribute for the environment and an output attribute for the result.
Extensible type checker for parser generation
GRAMMAT ICP G does not support tuple-typed attributes, and a return value of this function can not be assigned to a single attribute.
Extensible type checker for parser generation