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attributable

adjective     /əˈtrɪbjətəbl/
be attributable to sth caused by something: This growth is attributable to many factors . The increase in sales is largely attributable to the fact that the product has come down in price . ACCOUNTING if costs are attributable to a particular thing, they are spent on that thing: 35% of this cost is attributable to salaries .
attributable to shareholders ACCOUNTING if a company's profits or losses are attributable to shareholders , the profits belong to them or the losses are owed by them: All gains and losses attributable to shareholders should be reported in the single statement .
if a comment , statement , etc. is attributable, people know who said it or who is responsible for the information in it: None of four stockbrokers contacted would offer attributable comment on the fine . Briefings to the media must be open and attributable.
(Definition of attributable adjective from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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