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[a-truh-byoo-shuh n] /ˌæ trəˈbyu ʃən/
the act of attributing; ascription.
something ascribed; an attribute.
Numismatics. a classification for a coin, based on its distinguishing features, as date, design, or metal.
Archaic. authority or function assigned, as to a ruler, legislative assembly, delegate, or the like.
Origin of attribution
late Middle English
1425-75; late Middle English (< Middle French) < Latin attribūtiōn- (stem of attribūtiō assignment). See attribute, -ion
Related forms
misattribution, noun
reattribution, noun Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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Examples from the web for attribution
  • When scholarly subject matter traverses the border into popular journalism, it simply isn't clear how much attribution is enough.
  • It may be conceived of as divinely inspired or as a human attribution.
  • The attribution of the earliest pieces will raise eyebrows.
  • It's quite innovative, even though it doesn't go as far to give real attribution to the photographers themselves.
  • Most often, they require that you do not quote them for attribution.
  • The painting's attribution has been the subject of ferocious debate among scholars for four and a half centuries.
  • The fourth barrier comes without precise causal attribution.
  • One license permits others to use a work as long as attribution is given.
  • We have updated the post to include that attribution.
  • Obviously, an advisor should not use a student's ideas or results without proper attribution.
Word Origin and History for attribution

late 15c., "action of bestowing or assigning," from Middle French attribution (14c.), from Latin attributionem (nominative attributio) "an assignment, attribution," noun of action from past participle stem of attribuere (see attribute). Meaning "thing attributed" is recorded from 1580s.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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