Qualities of a person
http://www.dictionary.com/browse/attribute?s=t. Refer to meaning No. 5.
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Mr. Xi's reform plan says football can help boost patriotism and a "collective spirit"---- attributes Mr. Xi is keen to inculcate in a society fractured by rapid economic change.
In Collins dictionary, "attribute something to some situation or event" means it was caused by some event or situation.
But here, it's not the "attribute... to...", so what does "attributes" mean in this sentence?
Attributes is a noun in that sentence. The first syllable is stressed. The definition you cite is for the verb, where the second syllable is stressed.
I am not a teacher.