attribute




An attribute is a quality or characteristic given to a person, group, or some other thing. Your best attribute might be your willingness to help others, like when you stopped traffic so the duck family could cross the street.

Attribute comes from the Latin verb attribuere, which is made up the prefix ad, meaning “to,” and tribuere meaning “give or bestow.” As a verb, to attribute is to give credit, like if you attribute the A on your test to all that hard studying. In Greek and Roman mythology an attribute will often stand in for a character such as Zeus’s lightning bolt or Poseidon’s trident.

Definitions of attribute
  1. noun

    an abstraction belonging to or characteristic of an entity

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    state

    the way something is with respect to its main attributes
    form, shape

    the spatial arrangement of something as distinct from its substance
    time

    the continuum of experience in which events pass from the future through the present to the past
    infinite, space

    the unlimited expanse in which everything is located
    human nature

    the shared psychological attributes of humankind that are assumed to be shared by all human beings
    trait

    a distinguishing feature of your personal nature
    character

    (genetics) an attribute (structural or functional) that is determined by a gene or group of genes
    thing

    any attribute or quality considered as having its own existence
    common denominator

    an attribute that is common to all members of a category
    personality

    the complex of all the attributes–behavioral, temperamental, emotional and mental–that characterize a unique individual
    cheer, cheerfulness, sunniness, sunshine

    the quality of being cheerful and dispelling gloom
    uncheerfulness

    not conducive to cheer or good spirits
    ballast

    an attribute that tends to give stability in character and morals; something that steadies the mind or feelings
    ethos

    (anthropology) the distinctive spirit of a culture or an era
    eidos

    (anthropology) the distinctive expression of the cognitive or intellectual character of a culture or a social group
    quality

    an essential and distinguishing attribute of something or someone
    property

    a basic or essential attribute shared by all members of a class
    heritage, inheritance

    any attribute or immaterial possession that is inherited from ancestors
    depth

    the attribute or quality of being deep, strong, or intense
    feeling

    the experiencing of affective and emotional states
    absolute space

    physical space independent of what occupies it
    phase space

    (physics) an ideal space in which the coordinate dimensions represent the variables that are required to describe a system or substance
    unit character

    (genetics) a character inherited on an all-or-none basis and dependent on the presence of a single gene
    identity, individuality, personal identity

    the distinct personality of an individual regarded as a persisting entity
    personableness

    the complex of attributes that make a person socially attractive
    anal personality, anal retentive personality

    (psychoanalysis) a personality characterized by meticulous neatness and suspicion and reserve; said to be formed in early childhood by fixation during the anal stage of development (usually as a consequence of toilet training)
    genital personality

    (psychoanalysis) the mature personality which is not dominated by infantile pleasure drives
    narcissistic personality

    personality marked by self-love and self-absorption; unrealistic views about your own qualities and little regard for others
    obsessive-compulsive personality

    personality characterized by a strong need to repeat certain acts or rituals
    oral personality

    (psychoanalysis) a personality characterized either by generous optimism or aggressive and ambitious selfishness; formed in early childhood by fixation during the oral stage of development
    character, fiber, fibre

    the inherent complex of attributes that determines a person’s moral and ethical actions and reactions
    nature

    the complex of emotional and intellectual attributes that determine a person’s characteristic actions and reactions
    compulsiveness, compulsivity

    the trait of acting compulsively
    emotionalism, emotionality

    emotional nature or quality
    emotionlessness, unemotionality

    absence of emotion
    good-humoredness, good-humouredness, good-naturedness, good-temperedness

    a cheerful willingness to be obliging
    gloominess, lugubriousness, sadness

    the quality of excessive mournfulness and uncheerfulness
    activeness, activity

    the trait of being active; moving or acting rapidly and energetically
    inactiveness, inactivity, inertia

    a disposition to remain inactive or inert
    earnestness, serious-mindedness, seriousness, sincerity

    the trait of being serious
    frivolity, frivolousness

    the trait of being frivolous; not serious or sensible
    communicativeness

    the trait of being communicative
    uncommunicativeness

    the trait of being uncommunicative
    thoughtfulness

    the trait of thinking carefully before acting
    thoughtlessness, unthoughtfulness

    the trait of not thinking carefully before acting
    attentiveness

    the trait of being observant and paying attention
    inattentiveness

    the trait of not being considerate and thoughtful of others
    masculinity

    the trait of behaving in ways considered typical for men
    femininity, muliebrity

    the trait of behaving in ways considered typical for women
    trustiness, trustworthiness

    the trait of deserving trust and confidence
    untrustiness, untrustworthiness

    the trait of not deserving trust or confidence
    appearance, visual aspect

    outward or visible aspect of a person or thing
    attraction, attractiveness

    the quality of arousing interest; being attractive or something that attracts
    clarity, clearness, uncloudedness

    the quality of being transparent or clear
    opacity, opaqueness

    the quality of being opaque to a degree; the degree to which something reduces the passage of light
    divisibility

    the quality of being divisible; the capacity to be divided into parts or divided among a number of persons
    ease, easiness, simpleness, simplicity

    freedom from difficulty or hardship or effort
    difficultness, difficulty

    the quality of being difficult
    burnability, combustibility, combustibleness

    the quality of being capable of igniting and burning
    suitability, suitableness

    the quality of having the properties that are right for a specific purpose
    arability

    the quality of land that is appropriate for cultivation
    impressiveness

    the quality of making a strong or vivid impression on the mind
    navigability

    the quality of being suitable for the passage of a ship or aircraft
    neediness

    the quality of needing attention and affection and reassurance to a marked degree
    distressingness, painfulness

    the quality of being painful
    piquance, piquancy, piquantness

    the quality of being agreeably stimulating or mentally exciting
    publicity

    the quality of being open to public view
    spinnability

    the quality of being suitable for spinning or the capability of being spun (used of textile fibers)
    ineptness, unsuitability, unsuitableness

    the quality of having the wrong properties for a specific purpose
    protectiveness

    the quality of providing protection
    nature

    the essential qualities or characteristics by which something is recognized
    humanity, humanness, manhood

    the quality of being human
    air, atmosphere, aura

    a distinctive but intangible quality surrounding a person or thing
    excellence

    the quality of excelling; possessing good qualities in high degree
    ultimate

    the finest or most superior quality of its kind
    characteristic

    a distinguishing quality
    salability, salableness

    the quality of being salable or marketable
    changeability, changeableness

    the quality of being changeable; having a marked tendency to change
    changelessness, unchangeability, unchangeableness, unchangingness

    the quality of being unchangeable; having a marked tendency to remain unchanged
    sameness

    the quality of being alike
    difference

    the quality of being unlike or dissimilar
    certainty, foregone conclusion, sure thing

    something that is certain
    probability

    the quality of being probable; a probable event or the most probable event
    precariousness, uncertainness, uncertainty

    being unsettled or in doubt or dependent on chance
    factuality, factualness

    the quality of being actual or based on fact
    counterfactuality

    the quality of being contrary to fact
    corporality, corporeality, materiality, physicalness

    the quality of being physical; consisting of matter
    immateriality, incorporeality

    the quality of not being physical; not consisting of matter
    particularity, specialness

    the quality of being particular and pertaining to a specific case or instance
    individualism, individuality, individuation

    the quality of being individual
    generality

    the quality of being general or widespread or having general applicability
    simpleness, simplicity

    the quality of being simple or uncompounded
    complexity, complexness

    the quality of being intricate and compounded
    regularity

    the quality of being characterized by a fixed principle or rate
    irregularity, unregularity

    not characterized by a fixed principle or rate; at irregular intervals
    mobility

    the quality of moving freely
    immobility

    the quality of not moving
    pleasantness, sweetness

    the quality of giving pleasure
    unpleasantness

    the quality of giving displeasure
    believability, credibility, credibleness

    the quality of being believable or trustworthy
    incredibility, incredibleness

    the quality of being incredible
    logicality, logicalness

    correct and valid reasoning
    illogic, illogicality, illogicalness, inconsequence

    invalid or incorrect reasoning
    naturalness

    the quality of being natural or based on natural principles
    unnaturalness

    the quality of being unnatural or not based on natural principles
    vertu, virtu

    artistic quality
    wholesomeness

    the quality of being beneficial and generally good for you
    morbidity, morbidness, unwholesomeness

    the quality of being unhealthful and generally bad for you
    satisfactoriness

    the quality of giving satisfaction sufficient to meet a demand or requirement
    unsatisfactoriness

    the quality of being inadequate or unsuitable
    mundaneness, mundanity, ordinariness

    the quality of being commonplace and ordinary
    extraordinariness

    the quality of being extraordinary and not commonly encountered
    ethnicity

    an ethnic quality or affiliation resulting from racial or cultural ties
    curiousness, foreignness, strangeness

    the quality of being alien or not native
    nativeness

    the quality of belonging to or being connected with a certain place or region by virtue of birth or origin
    originality

    the quality of being new and original (not derived from something else)
    unoriginality

    the quality of being unoriginal
    correctness, rightness

    conformity to fact or truth
    incorrectness, wrongness

    the quality of not conforming to fact or truth
    accuracy, truth

    the quality of being near to the true value
    accuracy

    (mathematics) the number of significant figures given in a number
    inaccuracy

    the quality of being inaccurate and having errors
    distinction

    a distinguishing quality
    popularity

    the quality of being widely admired or accepted or sought after
    unpopularity

    the quality of lacking general approval or acceptance
    lawfulness

    the quality of conforming to law
    unlawfulness

    the quality of failing to conform to law
    elegance

    a refined quality of gracefulness and good taste
    elegance

    a quality of neatness and ingenious simplicity in the solution of a problem (especially in science or mathematics)
    inelegance

    the quality of lacking refinement and good taste
    urbanity

    the quality or character of life in a city or town
    comprehensibility, understandability

    the quality of comprehensible language or thought
    expressiveness

    the quality of being expressive
    incomprehensibility

    the quality of being incomprehensible
    humaneness

    the quality of compassion or consideration for others (people or animals)
    inhumaneness, inhumanity

    the quality of lacking compassion or consideration for others
    stinginess

    a lack of generosity; a general unwillingness to part with money
    egocentrism, egoism, self-centeredness, self-concern, self-interest

    concern for your own interests and welfare
    drive

    the trait of being highly motivated
    morality

    concern with the distinction between good and evil or right and wrong; right or good conduct
    immorality

    the quality of not being in accord with standards of right or good conduct
    amorality

    the quality of being amoral
    divinity

    the quality of being divine
    holiness, sanctitude, sanctity

    the quality of being holy
    ideality

    the quality of being ideal
    unholiness

    the quality of being unholy
    firmness, firmness of purpose, resoluteness, resolution, resolve

    the trait of being resolute
    irresoluteness, irresolution

    the trait of being irresolute; lacking firmness of purpose
    parental quality

    a quality appropriate to a parent
    faithfulness, fidelity

    the quality of being faithful
    infidelity, unfaithfulness

    the quality of being unfaithful
    mundaneness, mundanity, sophistication, worldliness

    the quality or character of being intellectually sophisticated and worldly through cultivation or experience or disillusionment
    naiveness, naivete, naivety

    lack of sophistication or worldliness
    discipline

    the trait of being well behaved
    indiscipline, undiscipline

    the trait of lacking discipline
    pride

    the trait of being spurred on by a dislike of falling below your standards
    conceit, conceitedness, vanity

    the trait of being unduly vain and conceited; false pride
    humbleness, humility

    a disposition to be humble; a lack of false pride
    wisdom, wiseness

    the trait of utilizing knowledge and experience with common sense and insight
    folly, foolishness, unwiseness

    the trait of acting stupidly or rashly
    judgement, judgment, perspicacity, sound judgement, sound judgment

    the capacity to assess situations or circumstances shrewdly and to draw sound conclusions
    trust, trustfulness, trustingness

    the trait of believing in the honesty and reliability of others
    distrust, distrustfulness, mistrust

    the trait of not trusting others
    cleanliness

    diligence in keeping clean
    uncleanliness

    lack of cleanly habits
    behavior, behaviour, conduct, demeanor, demeanour, deportment

    (behavioral attributes) the way a person behaves toward other people
    flexibility, tractability, tractableness

    the trait of being easily persuaded
    intractability, intractableness

    the trait of being hard to influence or control
    actinism

    the property of radiation that enables it to produce photochemical effects
    isotropy, symmetry

    (physics) the property of being isotropic; having the same value when measured in different directions
    anisotropy

    the property of being anisotropic; having a different value when measured in different directions
    characteristic, device characteristic

    any measurable property of a device measured under closely specified conditions
    connectivity

    the property of being connected or the degree to which something has connections
    ruralism, rurality

    a rural characteristic or trait
    duality, wave-particle duality

    (physics) the property of matter and electromagnetic radiation that is characterized by the fact that some properties can be explained best by wave theory and others by particle theory
    genetic endowment, heredity

    the total of inherited attributes
    birthright

    personal characteristics that are inherited at birth
    background

    a person’s social heritage, previous experience, or training
    birthright

    a right or privilege that you are entitled to at birth
    upbringing

    properties acquired during a person’s formative years
    age

    how long something has existed
    fashion, manner, modality, mode, style, way

    how something is done or how it happens
    composition, constitution, make-up, makeup, physical composition

    the way in which someone or something is composed
    body, consistence, consistency, eubstance

    the property of holding together and retaining its shape
    hardness

    a quality of water that contains dissolved mineral salts that prevent soap from lathering
    penetrability, perviousness

    the quality of being penetrable (by people or light or missiles etc.)
    impenetrability, imperviousness

    the quality of being impenetrable (by people or light or missiles etc.)
    disposition

    a natural or acquired habit or characteristic tendency in a person or thing
    feel, tactile property

    a property perceived by touch
    soapiness

    the quality of being soap or being covered with soap
    optics

    optical properties
    visual property

    an attribute of vision
    aroma, odor, odour, olfactory property, scent, smell

    any property detected by the olfactory system
    sound property

    an attribute of sound
    fullness, mellowness, richness

    the property of a sensation that is rich and pleasing
    taste property

    a property appreciated via the sense of taste
    saltiness

    the property of containing salt (as a compound or in solution)
    edibility, edibleness

    the property of being fit to eat
    bodily property

    an attribute of the body
    physical property

    any property used to characterize matter and energy and their interactions
    chemical property

    a property used to characterize materials in reactions that change their identity
    fibrosity, fibrousness

    the quality of being fibrous
    sustainability

    the property of being sustainable
    strength

    the property of being physically or mentally strong
    concentration

    the strength of a solution; number of molecules of a substance in a given volume
    weakness

    the property of lacking physical or mental strength; liability to failure under pressure or stress or strain
    temporal property

    a property relating to time
    viability

    (of living things) the state of being capable of normal growth and development
    spatial property, spatiality

    any property relating to or occupying space
    directiveness, directivity

    the quality of being directive
    magnitude

    the property of relative size or extent (whether large or small)
    degree, grade, level

    a position on a scale of intensity or amount or quality
    size

    the property resulting from being one of a series of graduated measurements (as of clothing)
    extremeness

    the quality of being extreme
    closeness, stuffiness

    the quality of being close and poorly ventilated
    adequacy, sufficiency

    the quality of being sufficient for the end in view
    worth

    the quality that renders something desirable or valuable or useful
    ineptitude, worthlessness

    having no qualities that would render it valuable or useful
    good, goodness

    that which is pleasing or valuable or useful
    bad, badness

    that which is below standard or expectations as of ethics or decency
    fecundity, fruitfulness

    the quality of something that causes or assists healthy growth
    aridity, barrenness, fruitlessness

    the quality of yielding nothing of value
    usefulness, utility

    the quality of being of practical use
    inutility, unusefulness, uselessness

    the quality of having no practical use
    asset, plus

    a useful or valuable quality
    constructiveness

    the quality of serving to build or improve
    destructiveness

    the quality of causing destruction
    positiveness, positivism, positivity

    a quality or state characterized by certainty or acceptance or affirmation and dogmatic assertiveness
    negativeness, negativism, negativity

    characterized by habitual skepticism and a disagreeable tendency to deny or oppose or resist suggestions or commands
    occidentalism

    the quality or customs or mannerisms characteristic of Western civilizations
    orientalism

    the quality or customs or mannerisms characteristic of Asian civilizations
    power, powerfulness

    possession of controlling influence
    hydrophobicity

    the property of being water-repellent; tending to repel and not absorb water
    ability

    the quality of being able to perform; a quality that permits or facilitates achievement or accomplishment
    impotence, impotency, powerlessness

    the quality of lacking strength or power; being weak and feeble
    inability, unfitness

    lacking the power to perform
    romance, romanticism

    an exciting and mysterious quality (as of a heroic time or adventure)
    analyticity

    the property of being analytic
    compositeness

    the property of being a composite number
    primality

    the property of being a prime number
    selectivity

    the property of being selective
    domesticity

    the quality of being domestic or domesticated
    boundlessness, infiniteness, infinitude, limitlessness, unboundedness

    the quality of being infinite; without bound or limit
    boundedness, finiteness, finitude

    the quality of being finite
    measurability, quantifiability

    the quality of being measurable
    solubility

    the quality of being soluble and easily dissolved in liquid
    insolubility

    the quality of being insoluble and difficult to dissolve in liquid
    stuff

    unspecified qualities required to do or be something
    hot stuff, voluptuousness

    the quality of being attractive and exciting (especially sexually exciting)
    humor, humour

    the quality of being funny
    pathos, poignancy

    a quality that arouses emotions (especially pity or sorrow)
    tone

    the quality of something (an act or a piece of writing) that reveals the attitudes and presuppositions of the author
    brachycephalism, brachycephaly

    the quality of being brachycephalic
    dolichocephalism, dolichocephaly

    the quality of being dolichocephalic
    relativity

    the quality of being relative and having significance only in relation to something else
    responsiveness

    the quality of being responsive; reacting quickly; as a quality of people, it involves responding with emotion to people and events
    deadness, unresponsiveness

    the quality of being unresponsive; not reacting; as a quality of people, it is marked by a failure to respond quickly or with emotion to people or events
    subjectivism

    the quality of being subjective
    vascularity

    the property being vascular
    extension

    the ability to raise the working leg high in the air
    snootiness

    the quality of being snooty
    ulteriority

    the quality of being ulterior
    solubility, solvability

    the property (of a problem or difficulty) that makes it possible to solve
    insolubility, unsolvability

    the property (of a problem or difficulty) that makes it impossible to solve
    memorability

    the quality of being worth remembering
    woodiness, woodsiness

    the quality of abounding in trees
    waxiness

    the quality of being made of wax or covered with wax
    skillfulness

    the state of being cognitively skillful
    mathematical space, topological space

    (mathematics) any set of points that satisfy a set of postulates of some kind
    outer space, space

    any location outside the Earth’s atmosphere
    solid

    a three-dimensional shape
    plane, sheet

    (mathematics) an unbounded two-dimensional shape
    natural shape

    a shape created by natural forces; not man-made
    flair, flare

    a shape that spreads outward
    figure

    a combination of points and lines and planes that form a visible palpable shape
    line

    a length (straight or curved) without breadth or thickness; the trace of a moving point
    angular shape, angularity

    a shape having one or more sharp angles
    round shape

    a shape that is curved and without sharp angles
    distorted shape, distortion

    a shape resulting from distortion
    amorphous shape

    an ill-defined or arbitrary shape
    connection, connexion, link

    a connecting shape
    circle

    something approximating the shape of a circle
    square

    something approximating the shape of a square
    triangle

    something approximating the shape of a triangle
    column, pillar, tower

    anything that approximates the shape of a column or tower
    plume

    anything that resembles a feather in shape or lightness
    cleavage

    the state of being split or cleft
    medium

    a state that is intermediate between extremes; a middle position
    ornamentation

    the state of being ornamented
    condition

    a mode of being or form of existence of a person or thing
    condition, status

    a state at a particular time
    conditionality

    the state of being conditional
    ground state

    (physics) the lowest energy state of an atom or other particle
    nationhood

    the state of being a nation
    situation, state of affairs

    the general state of things; the combination of circumstances at a given time
    relationship

    a state of connectedness between people (especially an emotional connection)
    relationship

    a state involving mutual dealings between people or parties or countries
    tribalism

    the state of living together in tribes
    utopia

    ideally perfect state; especially in its social and political and moral aspects
    dystopia

    state in which the conditions of life are extremely bad as from deprivation or oppression or terror
    natural state, state of nature, wild

    a wild primitive state untouched by civilization
    isomerism

    the state of being an isomer; the complex of chemical and physical phenomena characteristic of isomers
    degree, level, point, stage

    a specific identifiable position in a continuum or series or especially in a process
    office, power

    (of a government or government official) holding an office means being in power
    position, status

    the relative position or standing of things or especially persons in a society
    being, beingness, existence

    the state or fact of existing
    nonbeing

    the state of not being
    death

    the absence of life or state of being dead
    employ, employment

    the state of being employed or having a job
    unemployment

    the state of being unemployed or not having a job
    order

    established customary state (especially of society)
    disorder

    a disturbance of the peace or of public order
    antagonism, enmity, hostility

    a state of deep-seated ill-will
    conflict

    a state of opposition between persons or ideas or interests
    illumination

    the degree of visibility of your environment
    freedom

    the condition of being free; the power to act or speak or think without externally imposed restraints
    agency, delegacy, representation

    the state of serving as an official and authorized delegate or agent
    dependance, dependence, dependency

    the state of relying on or being controlled by someone or something else
    motion

    a state of change
    lifelessness, motionlessness, stillness

    a state of no motion or movement
    dead letter, non-issue

    the state of something that has outlived its relevance
    action, activeness, activity

    the state of being active
    inaction, inactiveness, inactivity

    the state of being inactive
    temporary state

    a state that continues for a limited time
    forthcomingness, imminence, imminency, imminentness, impendence, impendency

    the state of being imminent and liable to happen soon
    preparation, preparedness, readiness

    the state of having been made ready or prepared for use or action (especially military action)
    flux, state of flux

    a state of uncertainty about what should be done (usually following some important event) preceding the establishment of a new direction of action
    kalemia

    the presence of excess potassium in the circulating blood
    enlargement

    the state of being enlarged
    separation

    the state of lacking unity
    unification, union

    the state of being joined or united or linked
    matureness, maturity

    state of being mature; full development
    immatureness, immaturity

    not having reached maturity
    grace, saving grace, state of grace

    (Christian theology) a state of sanctification by God; the state of one who is under such divine influence
    eternal damnation

    the state of being condemned to eternal punishment in Hell
    omniscience

    the state of being omniscient; having infinite knowledge
    omnipotence

    the state of being omnipotent; having unlimited power
    flawlessness, ne plus ultra, perfection

    the state of being without a flaw or defect
    integrity, unity, wholeness

    an undivided or unbroken completeness or totality with nothing wanting
    imperfection, imperfectness

    the state or an instance of being imperfect
    receivership

    the state of property that is in the hands of a receiver
    ownership

    the state or fact of being an owner
    obligation

    the state of being obligated to do or pay something
    death, destruction, end

    a final state
    annulment, revocation

    the state of being cancelled or annulled
    merchantability

    the state of being fit for market; ready to be bought or sold
    turgor

    (biology) the normal rigid state of fullness of a cell or blood vessel or capillary resulting from pressure of the contents against the wall or membrane
    homozygosity

    the state of being homozygous; having two identical alleles of the same gene
    heterozygosity

    the state of being heterozygous; having two different alleles of the same gene
    neotony

    the state resulting when juvenile characteristics are retained by the adults of a species
    plurality

    the state of being plural
    polyvalence, polyvalency

    (toxicology) the state of being capable of counteracting more than one toxin or antigen or kind of microorganism
    multivalence, multivalency, polyvalence, polyvalency

    (chemistry) the state of having a valence greater than two
    paternity

    the state of being a father
    utilisation, utilization

    the state of having been made use of
    geologic time, geological time

    the time of the physical formation and development of the earth (especially prior to human history)
    biological time

    the time of various biological processes
    cosmic time

    the time covered by the physical formation and development of the universe
    civil time, local time, standard time

    the official time in a local region (adjusted for location around the Earth); established by law or custom
    daylight saving, daylight savings, daylight-saving time, daylight-savings time

    time during which clocks are set one hour ahead of local standard time; widely adopted during summer to provide extra daylight in the evenings
    nowadays, present

    the period of time that is happening now; any continuous stretch of time including the moment of speech
    past, past times, yesteryear

    the time that has elapsed
    future, futurity, hereafter, time to come

    the time yet to come
    musical time

    (music) the beat of musical rhythm
    continuum

    a continuous nonspatial whole or extent or succession in which no part or portion is distinct or distinguishable from adjacent parts
    GMT, Greenwich Mean Time, Greenwich Time, UT, UT1, universal time

    the local time at the 0 meridian passing through Greenwich, England; it is the same everywhere
    continuance, duration

    the property of enduring or continuing in time
    eternity, infinity

    time without end
    plateau

    a stable state or level after a period of progress or activity
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    abstract entity, abstraction

    a general concept formed by extracting common features from specific examples

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    a construct whereby objects or individuals can be distinguished

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    character, lineament, quality

    a characteristic property that defines the apparent individual nature of something
    characteristic, feature

    a prominent attribute or aspect of something
    feature, feature of speech

    (linguistics) a distinctive characteristic of a linguistic unit that serves to distinguish it from other units of the same kind
    sex character, sex characteristic, sexual characteristic

    those characteristics (both anatomical and psychological) that are strongly associated with one sex relative to the other
    texture

    the essential quality of something
    invariant

    a feature (quantity or property or function) that remains unchanged when a particular transformation is applied to it
    aspect, facet

    a distinct feature or element in a problem
    attracter, attraction, attractive feature, attractor, magnet

    a characteristic that provides pleasure and attracts
    badge

    any feature that is regarded as a sign of status (a particular power or quality or rank)
    centerpiece, centrepiece

    the central or most important feature
    contour

    a feature (or the order or arrangement of features) of anything having a complex structure
    excellence, excellency

    an outstanding feature; something in which something or someone excels
    external

    outward features
    distinctive feature, distinguishing characteristic, peculiarity

    an odd or unusual characteristic
    safety feature

    feature of an artifact that is added to insure a user’s safety
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    concept, conception, construct

    an abstract or general idea inferred or derived from specific instances

  3. verb

    decide as to where something belongs in a scheme

    synonyms:
    assign
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    classify, relegate

    assign to a class or kind
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    evaluate, judge, pass judgment

    form a critical opinion of

  4. verb

    attribute or credit to

    “We
    attributed this quotation to Shakespeare”
    synonyms:
    ascribe, assign, impute

    impute

    attribute (responsibility or fault) to a cause or source
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    impute

    attribute (responsibility or fault) to a cause or source
    carnalise, carnalize, sensualise, sensualize

    ascribe to an origin in sensation
    credit

    give someone credit for something
    reattribute

    attribute to another source
    anthropomorphise, anthropomorphize

    ascribe human features to something
    personate, personify

    attribute human qualities to something
    accredit, credit

    ascribe an achievement to
    blame, charge

    attribute responsibility to
    externalise, externalize, project

    regard as objective
    interiorise, interiorize, internalise, internalize

    incorporate within oneself; make subjective or personal
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    evaluate, judge, pass judgment

    form a critical opinion of

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