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  • 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
He attributed this ability to some superhuman power, but which was natural to him.
"Studies in Forensic Psychiatry" by Bernard Glueck
Sometimes some particular species seems to have been chosen as most befitting these dignified attributes.
"The Myths of the New World" by Daniel G. Brinton
But it is to the numerous confessions of faith that we must attribute most of these controversies.
"History of Rationalism Embracing a Survey of the Present State of Protestant Theology" by John F. Hurst
The worship of generative attributes is quite apparent.
"The Sex Worship and Symbolism of Primitive Races" by Sanger Brown, II
If Gowrie's behaviour is correctly described, it might be attributed to anxiety about a Royal meal so hastily prepared.
"James VI and the Gowrie Mystery" by Andrew Lang
That to which contrary determinations are attributed is diverse, as heat and cold; but this thing is determined by contrary attributions.
"The Sarva-Darsana-Samgraha" by Madhava Acharya
The View of the Life of King David (1765) by W. Skilton, Horologist, is also falsely attributed to Annet.
"A Biographical Dictionary of Freethinkers of All Ages and Nations" by Joseph Mazzini Wheeler
It must be for some of these attributes, surely; for I know nothing more in him.
"John Marchmont's Legacy, Volumes I-III" by Mary E. Braddon
That power is a divine attribute, and in respect to it as an attribute, I and the Father are one.
"The Messiah in Moses and the Prophets" by Eleazar Lord
In the choir are some Gobelin tapestries and paintings by Mignard; otherwise there are no artistic attributes to be remarked.
"The Cathedrals of Southern France" by Francis Miltoun

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
GRAMMAT ICP G checks translation functions for type safety: when a value is assigned to an attribute (passing as an argument can also be interpreted as an assignment to an input attribute of a function), the type of the right-hand side must be a subtype of the type of the left-hand side.
Extensible type checker for parser generation
If f is not declared, GRAMMAT ICP G assumes that there is an external function f with one output attribute and two input attributes, and applies the above reasoning to these attributes.
Extensible type checker for parser generation
As the names suggest, attributes may only have ground types, tuples are sequences of attributes and have corresponding types, and functions send tuples to tuples.
Extensible type checker for parser generation
As we explained above, attribute tuples are used to receive return values of functions having more than one output attribute.
Extensible type checker for parser generation
Each translation function is type-checked separately. A type-checking context Γ comprises signatures of all functions available in the specification along with declarations of all input and output attributes of these functions and local attributes of the function being checked.
Extensible type checker for parser generation
Since attributes in different signatures may have same names, each attribute is indexed with the name of the function it belongs to.
Extensible type checker for parser generation
It represents all the statements as sequences of attribute assignments (function arguments are treated as “assigned ” to input attributes) assigning unkno wn types to undeclared attributes.
Extensible type checker for parser generation
Since such an attribute is not declared, the type checker treats it as a local attribute and infers a type for it: Int.
Extensible type checker for parser generation
The elements of W are sometimes called attributes, and S (vi ) is called the set of attributes of vi .
The largest component in an inhomogeneous random intersection graph with clustering
Its approach is to repeatedly identify an attribute value that cannot be in the diamond, and then remove the attribute value and its slice.
Diamond Dicing