attribution

[a-truh-byoo-shuhn]
noun
1.
the act of attributing; ascription.
2.
something ascribed; an attribute.
3.
Numismatics. a classification for a coin, based on its distinguishing features, as date, design, or metal.
4.
Archaic. authority or function assigned, as to a ruler, legislative assembly, delegate, or the like.

Origin:
1425–75; late Middle English (< Middle French) < Latin attribūtiōn- (stem of attribūtiō assignment). See attribute, -ion

misattribution, noun
reattribution, noun
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attribute
 
vb (usually foll by to)
1.  to regard as belonging (to), produced (by), or resulting (from); ascribe (to): to attribute a painting to Picasso
 
n
2.  a property, quality, or feature belonging to or representative of a person or thing
3.  an object accepted as belonging to a particular office or position
4.  grammar
 a.  an adjective or adjectival phrase
 b.  an attributive adjective
5.  logic the property, quality, or feature that is affirmed or denied concerning the subject of a proposition
 
[C15: from Latin attribuere to associate with, from tribuere to give]
 
at'tributable
 
adj
 
at'tributer
 
n
 
at'tributor
 
n
 
attribution
 
n

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attribution
late 15c., "action of bestowing or assigning," from Fr. attribution (14c.), from L. attributionem (nom. attributio) "assignment, attribution," noun of action from attributus, pp. of attribuere (see attribute). Meaning "thing attributed" is recorded from 1580s.
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Example sentences
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.
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