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 quality 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.

Scope

Property is a defined term of Enterprise Architecture. Property is a defined term of Business Analysis.

Discussion

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.

Relationships to Other Fundamental Concepts

The relationships between properties and other the fundamental concepts (characteristics, states, observables, attributes and tags) are shown in the figure below.

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Figure – States, Characteristics, Properties, Attributes, Observables and Tags

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