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attribution

[a-truh-byoo-shuh n] /ˌæ trəˈbyu ʃən/
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
late Middle English
1425-1475
1425-75; late Middle English (< Middle French) < Latin attribūtiōn- (stem of attribūtiō assignment). See attribute, -ion
Related forms
misattribution, noun
reattribution, noun
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attribution

n.

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.

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