subscription

[suhb-skrip-shuhn]
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:
1400–50; late Middle English < Latin subscrīptiōn- (stem of subscrīptiō) a writing beneath, equivalent to subscrīpt(us) (see subscript) + -iōn- -ion

subscriptive [suhb-skrip-tiv] , adjective
subscriptively, adverb
nonsubscription, noun
presubscription, noun
prosubscription, adjective
resubscription, noun
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subscription (səbˈskrɪpʃən)
 
n
1.  a payment or promise of payment for consecutive issues of a magazine, newspaper, book, etc, over a specified period of time
2.  a.  the advance purchase of tickets for a series of concerts, operas, etc
 b.  (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.  chiefly (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.  a.  the sale of books, etc, prior to printing
 b.  (as modifier): a subscription edition
14.  archaic allegiance; submission
 
sub'scriptive
 
adj

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subscription
1409, "piece of writing at the end of a document," from M.Fr. subscription, from L. subscriptionem (nom. subscriptio) "anything written underneath, a signature," from pp. stem of subscribere (see subscribe for etymology and sense development).
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Medical Dictionary

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

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Example sentences
The work was to be published by subscription, and the eagerness of his friends
  secured a long list of names.
The third concert of the subscription series was given last evening, and a
  large audience was in attendance.
We know who is benevolent, by quite other means than the amount of subscription
  to soup-societies.
Thus he repaired the fault which he had committed by his subscription.
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