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Word Example of - attribute

    Example Sentences for attribute

    That we must attribute to cats the estimable virtue of benevolence, Mrs F— gives me two anecdotes to prove.

    The Japanese get their customs in the same way and attribute to them the same authority.

    Perhaps a slight visionariness of speculation was no less the attribute of Mrs. Mill than an absence of rigid logical principles.

    Can I attribute my entranced interest on that occasion to her brilliance?

    Naturally the East is inclined to conservative pessimism—an attribute of advancing years—and the West to impulsive optimism.

    But why not attribute its popularity to the fact that the music bears out the title?

    Paula's juxtaposition had the attribute of making him forget everything in his own history.

    As a man of science, I attribute the whole thing to an overwrought imagination.

    He is enclosed on all sides by a ring of precepts, which attribute luck or ill-luck to certain things or actions.

    If I asked it not, attribute it to my poor head; it would be a great consolation to me.

Word Origin & History of - attribute

    Word Origin & History

    attribute late 14c., "assign, bestow," from L. attributus, pp. of attribuere "assign to, add, bestow," from ad- "to" + tribuere "assign, give, bestow." Pp. adj. attributed is recorded from 1808.

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