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.

PRIMARY MEANINGS OF: attribute

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an abstraction belonging to or characteristic of an entity
decide as to where something belongs in a scheme
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attribute or credit to
FULL DEFINITIONS OF: attribute
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n an abstraction belonging to or characteristic of an entity

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Cold War
a state of political hostility that existed from 1945 until 1990 between countries led by the Soviet Union and countries led by the United States
Phanerozoic aeon
the period from about 5,400 million years ago until the present
Age of Mammals
approximately the last 63 million years
Quaternary period
last 2 million years
Holocene epoch
approximately the last 10,000 years
Pleistocene epoch
from two million to 11 thousand years ago; extensive glaciation of the northern hemisphere; the time of human evolution
Tertiary period
from 63 million to 2 million years ago
Pliocene epoch
from 13 million to 2 million years ago; growth of mountains; cooling of climate; more and larger mammals
Miocene epoch
from 25 million to 13 million years ago; appearance of grazing mammals
Oligocene epoch
from 40 million to 25 million years ago; appearance of sabertoothed cats
Eocene epoch
from 58 million to 40 million years ago; presence of modern mammals
Paleocene epoch
from 63 million to 58 million years ago; appearance of birds and earliest mammals
Age of Reptiles
from 230 million to 63 million years ago
Cretaceous period
from 135 million to 63 million years ago; end of the age of reptiles; appearance of modern insects and flowering plants
Jurassic period
from 190 million to 135 million years ago; dinosaurs; conifers
Triassic period
from 230 million to 190 million years ago; dinosaurs, marine reptiles; volcanic activity
Paleozoic era
from 544 million to about 230 million years ago
Permian period
from 280 million to 230 million years ago; reptiles
Carboniferous period
from 345 million to 280 million years ago
Upper Carboniferous period
from 310 million to 280 million years ago; warm climate; swampy land
Lower Carboniferous period
from 345 million to 310 million years ago; increase of land areas; primitive ammonites; winged insects
Devonian period
from 405 million to 345 million years ago; preponderance of fishes and appearance of amphibians and ammonites
Silurian period
from 425 million to 405 million years ago; first air-breathing animals
Ordovician period
from 500 million to 425 million years ago; conodonts and ostracods and algae and seaweeds
Cambrian period
from 544 million to about 500 million years ago; marine invertebrates
Precambrian period
the eon following the Hadean time and preceding the Phanerozoic eon; from about 3,800 million years ago until 544 million years ago
Proterozoic aeon
from 2,500 to 544 million years ago; bacteria and fungi; primitive multicellular organisms
Archaeozoic aeon
the time from 3,800 million years to 2,500 million years ago; earth's crust formed; unicellular organisms are earliest forms of life
Priscoan aeon
the earliest eon in the history of the Earth from the first accretion of planetary material (around 4,600 million years ago) until the date of the oldest known rocks (about 3,800 million years ago); no evidence of life
Aaron
(Old Testament) elder brother of Moses and first high priest of the Israelites; created the golden calf
Domingo de Guzman
(Roman Catholic Church) Spanish priest who founded an order whose members became known as Dominicans or Black Friars (circa 1170-1221)
Great Depression
the economic crisis beginning with the stock market crash in 1929 and continuing through the 1930s
Colossus of Rhodes
a huge bronze statue of the sun god Helios that was built around 285 BC and that stood beside the harbor entrance on the island of Rhodes for about 50 years before it was toppled by an earthquake
Statue of Liberty
a large monumental statue symbolizing liberty on Liberty Island in New York Bay
Saint Ambrose
(Roman Catholic Church) Roman priest who became bishop of Milan; the first Church Father born and raised in the Christian faith; composer of hymns; imposed orthodoxy on the early Christian church and built up its secular power; a saint and Doctor of the Church (340?-397)
Bishop Berkeley
Irish philosopher and Anglican bishop who opposed the materialism of Thomas Hobbes (1685-1753)
Eusebius of Caesarea
Christian bishop of Caesarea in Palestine; a church historian and a leading early Christian exegete (circa 270-340)
Saint Ignatius
bishop of Antioch who was martyred under the Roman Emperor Trajan (died 110)
William Ralph Inge
English prelate noted for his pessimistic sermons and articles (1860-1954)
Francisco Jimenez de Cisneros
prelate who was the confessor of Isabella I and who was later appointed Grand Inquisitor (1436-1517)
St. Martin
French bishop who is a patron saint of France (died in 397)
John Henry Newman
English prelate and theologian who (with John Keble and Edward Pusey) founded the Oxford movement; Newman later turned to Roman Catholicism and became a cardinal (1801-1890)
Saint Nicholas
a bishop in Asia Minor who is associated with Santa Claus (4th century)
Armand Jean du Plessis
French prelate and statesman; principal minister to Louis XIII (1585-1642)
Desmond Tutu
South African prelate and leader of the antiapartheid struggle (born in 1931)
Bishop Ulfilas
a Christian believed to be of Cappadocian descent who became bishop of the Visigoths in 341 and translated the Bible from Greek into Gothic; traditionally held to have invented the Gothic alphabet (311-382)
James Ussher
Irish prelate who deduced from the Bible that Creation occurred in the year 4004 BC (1581-1656)
William of Wykeham
English prelate and statesman; founded a college at Oxford and Winchester College in Winchester; served as chancellor of England and bishop of Winchester (1324-1404)
Stefan Wyszynski
Polish prelate who persuaded the Soviet to allow greater religious freedom in Poland (1901-1981)
Denali Fault
a major open geological fault in Alaska
San Andreas Fault
a major geological fault in California; runs from San Diego to San Francisco; the source of serious earthquakes
Saint Anselm
an Italian who was a Benedictine monk; was archbishop of Canterbury from 1093 to 1109; one of the founders of scholasticism; best known for his proof of the existence of God
Saint Thomas a Becket
(Roman Catholic Church) archbishop of Canterbury from 1162 to 1170; murdered following his opposition to Henry II's attempts to control the clergy (1118-1170)
Roberto Francesco Romolo Bellarmine
Italian cardinal and theologian (1542-1621)
Cesare Borgia
Italian cardinal and military leader; model for Machiavelli's prince (1475-1507)
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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 persons 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 clear water
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, 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) 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
damnation, 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
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
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abstract entity, abstraction
a general concept formed by extracting common features from specific examples

n a construct whereby objects or individuals can be distinguished

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dimension, property
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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
Type of:
concept, conception, construct
an abstract or general idea inferred or derived from specific instances

v decide as to where something belongs in a scheme

Synonyms:
assign
Types:
classify, relegate
assign to a class or kind
Type of:
evaluate, judge, pass judgment
form a critical opinion of
2

v 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
carnalize, 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
Type of:
evaluate, judge, pass judgment
form a critical opinion of

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an abstraction belonging to or characteristic of an entity
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decide as to where something belongs in a scheme
credit to
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