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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    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
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    a construct whereby objects or individuals can be distinguished
    synonyms: 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
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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
    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
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    evaluate, judge, pass judgment
    form a critical opinion of
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