Attribute vs. Property

Both of the words “attribute” and “property” mean a feature by which a thing may be identified.

However, “attribute” tends to be more qualitative, while “property” tends to be more quantitative.

According to Webster, a property is a characteristic that belongs to a thing’s essential nature and may be used to describe a type or species.

A property is owned or possessed by the thing, much like real estate is owned property.


The rock porosity is 21% — porosity is a property of the rock

An attribute is a modifier word that serves to limit, identify, particularize, describe, or supplement the meaning of the word it modifies.


Carbonate rock – carbonate is an attribute of the rock

Profound Quote of the Day:
“But freedom, liberty, is an attribute of the soul and it may exist even when the body is in bondage.”

– Ralph A. Cram, American architect, 1863-1942


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