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[suh b-skrip-shuh n] /səbˈskrɪp ʃən/
noun
1.
a sum of money given or pledged as a contribution, payment, investment, etc.
2.
the right to receive a periodical for a sum paid, usually for an agreed number of issues.
3.
an arrangement for presenting a series of concerts, plays, etc., that one may attend by the payment of a membership fee:
to purchase a 10-concert subscription.
4.
Chiefly British. the dues paid by a member of a club, society, etc.
5.
a fund raised through sums of money subscribed.
6.
a sum subscribed.
7.
the act of appending one's signature or mark, as to a document.
8.
a signature or mark thus appended.
9.
something written beneath or at the end of a document or the like.
10.
a document to which a signature is attached.
11.
assent, agreement, or approval expressed verbally or by signing one's name.
12.
Ecclesiastical. assent to or acceptance of a body of principles or doctrines, the purpose of which is to establish uniformity.
13.
Church of England. formal acceptance of the Thirty-nine Articles of 1563 and the Book of Common Prayer.
Origin
late Middle English
1400-1450
1400-50; late Middle English < Latin subscrīptiōn- (stem of subscrīptiō) a writing beneath, equivalent to subscrīpt(us) (see subscript) + -iōn- -ion
Related forms
subscriptive
[suh b-skrip-tiv] /səbˈskrɪp tɪv/ (Show IPA),
adjective
subscriptively, adverb
nonsubscription, noun
presubscription, noun
prosubscription, adjective
resubscription, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for presubscription

subscription

/səbˈskrɪpʃən/
noun
1.
a payment or promise of payment for consecutive issues of a magazine, newspaper, book, etc, over a specified period of time
2.
  1. the advance purchase of tickets for a series of concerts, operas, etc
  2. (as modifier): a subscription concert
3.
an amount of money paid or promised, as to a charity, or the fund raised in this way
4.
an offer to buy shares or bonds issued by a company
5.
the act of signing one's name to a document, etc
6.
a signature or other appendage attached to the bottom of a document, etc
7.
agreement, consent, or acceptance expressed by or as if by signing one's name
8.
a signed document, statement, etc
9.
(mainly Brit) the membership dues or fees paid to a society or club
10.
acceptance of a fixed body of articles of faith, doctrines, or principles laid down as universally binding upon all the members of a Church
11.
(med) that part of a written prescription directing the pharmacist how to mix and prepare the ingredients: rarely seen today as modern drugs are mostly prepackaged by the manufacturers
12.
an advance order for a new product
13.
  1. the sale of books, etc, prior to printing
  2. (as modifier): a subscription edition
14.
(archaic) allegiance; submission
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Derived Forms
subscriptive, adjective
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Word Origin and History for presubscription

subscription

n.

c.1400, "piece of writing at the end of a document," from Middle French subscription, from Latin subscriptionem (nominative subscriptio) "anything written underneath, a signature," noun of action from past participle stem of subscribere (see subscribe for etymology and sense development).

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presubscription in Medicine

subscription sub·scrip·tion (səb-skrĭp'shən)
n.
The part of a prescription giving the directions to the pharmacist.

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