Definition of Property
Definition Last Updated 17-Dec-2015 12:51
A property is a named attribute, as opposed to an attribute identified by description. Being a property is therefore a contingent fact about an attribute, i.e. it is created by allocating a name to a that is attributed or attributable to particular entities.
In speaking of a specific property (meaning a specific characteristic) of a particular thing there is no ambiguity between property and attribute because the quality has necessarily been attributed to that thing; under such circumstances, property and attribute may be used interchangeably.
See also attribute.
Article Last Updated 17-Dec-2015 12:51
The need for (or value of) the term property is not entirely clear; there is some confusion yet to be resolved here. An attribute could, in principle be unnamed if, for example, it was identified by the method for determining the value of a characteristic, but a case could be made that the method is just a long name and that more common names, such as “mass” refer to standard methods for value determination.