The adjective attributable describes something that is capable of indicating or explaining a cause. Just because your parent found small fingerprints on the fridge and a chair against the counter, it does not mean the mess in the kitchen is attributable to you — it just seems like it!

Attributable comes from the Latin word attribuere, meaning assign or bestow. Attributable is related to the words attribute, which is both a noun and a verb, and attributions, which is a noun. You latest promotion is attributable to your hard work. You work ethic is one of your best attributes, and you can attribute that to the way your parents raised you.

Definitions of attributable

adj capable of being attributed

“the collapse of the movement was attributable to a lack of morale”
“an idea attributable to a Russian”
ascribable, due, imputable, referable
capable of being assigned or credited to
(usually followed by `to') given credit for
(usually followed by `to') able to be traced to
unascribable, unattributable
not attributable

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