Definition of Attribution

1. Noun. Assigning some quality or character to a person or thing. "The ascription to me of honors I had not earned"

Exact synonyms: Ascription
Generic synonyms: Categorisation, Categorization, Classification, Sorting
Specialized synonyms: Zoomorphism

2. Noun. Assigning to a cause or source. "He questioned the attribution of the painting to Picasso"

Definition of Attribution

1. n. The act of attributing or ascribing, as a quality, character, or function, to a thing or person, an effect to a cause.

Definition of Attribution

1. Noun. The act of attributing something. ¹

2. Noun. An explicit or formal acknowledgment of ownership or authorship. ¹

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Definition of Attribution

1. [n -S]

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Attribution

attributable fraction
attributable risk
attribution (current term)
attribution theory
attributional complexity
attributive adjective
attributive adjectives
attributive genitive
attributive noun
attributive nouns

Literary usage of Attribution

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. The Law of Freedom and Bondage in the United States by John Codman Hurd (1858)
"So that its recognition in that forum under the rule of comity, would not be less consistent with a universal attribution of personality than was the local ..."

2. Railway Accident Law: The Liability of Railways for Injuries to the Person by Christopher Stuart Patterson (1886)
"The attribution to the passenger of the carrier's contributory negligence. X. The attribution of the contributory negligence of one who has been killed to ..."

3. Problems and Methods of Literary History: With Special Reference to Modern by André Morize (1922)
"2 A name on a title-page, an attribution in a catalogue, are strong inducements to accept the authorship or the attribution without further discussion. ..."

4. Surface Temperature Reconstructions for the Last 2,000 Years by National Research Council (U.S.) (2006)
"To place this paleoclimatic evidence in context, it is necessary to consider the other evidence on which the attribution is based. ..."

5. Controlled Foreign Company Legislation by OECD Staff, Organisation for Economic Co-operation, Oecd, Development (1996)
"For most countries, once it is determined that the foreign corporation is a CFC, the entire year's tainted income is subject to attribution. ..."

6. Creating Markets for Energy Technologies by International Energy Agency (2003)
"attribution of Impacts to Policy Measures Before proceeding to other frameworks ... In some cases the attribution of an increase in sales to a deployment ..."

7. The Popular History of England by Charles Knight (1880)
"... distinctly shows the formidable nature of this contest, and the mode in which it was carried on, than the attribution to Dunstan of miraculous powers. ..."

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