›to say that a particular person was the first person to say something, do something, invent something, etc.: attribute sth to sbThis idea has long been attributed to Keynes, but in fact he was not the first to think of it.
According to sociologists (=people who study the relationships between people living in groups), we are good at lying. As a species, we have developed a remarkable ability to deceive each other (= persuade each other that something false is true). Being able to say things that are not true can help with