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Entity vs. Attribute

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Entitynoun

That which has a distinct existence as an individual unit. Often used for organisations which have no physical form.

Attributenoun

A characteristic or quality of a thing.

‘His finest attribute is his kindness.’;

Entitynoun

The existence of something considered apart from its properties.

Attributenoun

(grammar) A word that qualifies a noun, a qualifier.

‘In the clause "My jacket is more expensive than yours", "My" is the attribute of "jacket".’;

Entitynoun

(databases) Anything about which information or data can be stored in a database; in particular, an organised array or set of individual elements or parts.

Attributenoun

(logic) That which is predicated or affirmed of a subject; a predicate; an accident.

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Entitynoun

The state or quality of being or existence.

‘The group successfully maintains its tribal entity.’;

Attributenoun

An option or setting belonging to some object.

‘This packet has its coherency attribute set to zero.’; ‘A file with the read-only attribute set cannot be overwritten.’;

Entitynoun

A real being, whether in thought (as an ideal conception) or in fact; being; essence; existence.

‘Self-subsisting entities, such as our own personality.’; ‘Fortune is no real entity, . . . but a mere relative signification.’;

Attributenoun

(programming) A semantic item with which a method or other code element may be decorated.

‘Properties can be marked as obsolete with an attribute, which will cause the compiler to generate a warning if they are used.’;

Entitynoun

that which is perceived or known or inferred to have its own distinct existence (living or nonliving)

Attributenoun

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Entitynoun

a thing with distinct and independent existence

‘Church and empire were fused in a single entity’;

Attributenoun

A numeric value representing the colours of part of the screen display.

Entitynoun

existence; being

‘entity and nonentity’;

Attributeverb

To ascribe (something) to a given cause, reason etc.

Attributeverb

To associate ownership or authorship of (something) to someone.

‘This poem is attributed to Browning.’;

Attributeverb

To ascribe; to consider (something) as due or appropriate (to); to refer, as an effect to a cause; to impute; to assign; to consider as belonging (to).

‘We attribute nothing to God that hath any repugnancy or contradiction in it.’; ‘The merit of service is seldom attributed to the true and exact performer.’;

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Attributenoun

That which is attributed; a quality which is considered as belonging to, or inherent in, a person or thing; an essential or necessary property or characteristic.

‘But mercy is above this sceptered away; . . .It is an attribute to God himself.’;

Attributenoun

Reputation.

Attributenoun

A conventional symbol of office, character, or identity, added to any particular figure; as, a club is the attribute of Hercules.

Attributenoun

Quality, etc., denoted by an attributive; an attributive adjunct or adjective.

Attributenoun

a construct whereby objects or individuals can be distinguished;

‘self-confidence is not an endearing property’;

Attributenoun

an abstraction belonging to or characteristic of an entity

Attributeverb

attribute or credit to;

‘We attributed this quotation to Shakespeare’; ‘People impute great cleverness to cats’;

Attributeverb

decide as to where something belongs in a scheme;

‘The biologist assigned the mushroom to the proper class’;

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