Definition of attribute noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

BrE BrE//ˈætrɪbjuːt//
; NAmE NAmE//ˈætrɪbjuːt//
a quality or feature of somebody/something Patience is one of the most important attributes in a teacher. The most basic attribute of all animals is consciousness.
Word Originlate 15th cent.: the noun from Old French attribut; the verb from Latin attribut- ‘allotted’: both from the verb attribuere, from ad- ‘to’ + tribuere ‘assign’.Extra examples His physical attributes were much admired. Patience is an essential attribute for a teacher. He lists the ten most important attributes of a good school. In modern society, the positive attributes of age are often ignored. Those possessing the necessary physical attributes will emerge as the best sportsmen.
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