to credit or assign, as to a cause or source; attribute; impute:
The alphabet is usually ascribed to the Phoenicians.
to attribute or think of as belonging, as a quality or characteristic:
They ascribed courage to me for something I did out of sheer panic.
For these reasons the amount of illness traceable to raw milk far exceeds that ascribable to any other food.
Food Poisoning Edwin Oakes Jordan
Are these miraculous revelations that we hear of ascribable to evil influences?
Gerald Fitzgerald Charles James Lever
They are not ascribable to the purely intellectual movement alone, though it is no doubt an essential factor.
The English Utilitarians, Volume I. Leslie Stephen
The third portion, or epilogue, appears to be ascribable chiefly to the genial love of Homer for the horse.
Studies on Homer and the Homeric Age, Vol. 1 of 3 W. E. Gladstone
Perhaps to some extent this is ascribable to the influence of the genius loci.
A Civil Servant in Burma Herbert Thirkel White
Here we come upon the border of those changes which are ascribable to use and disuse.
Essays: Scientific, Political, & Speculative, Vol. I Herbert Spencer
Who could say whether his silence were ascribable to the absence of danger, or to his own absence?
Wieland; or The Transformation Charles Brockden Brown
It is every day disputed whether in war success is ascribable to conduct or to fortune.
A Philosophical Dictionary, Volume 4 (of 10) Franois-Marie Arouet (AKA Voltaire)
Of the increased deaths, 700,000 were ascribable to insufficient nourishment, mainly in the last two years of war.
The New Germany George Young
That they were effective in action was ascribable to a great extent to the admirable acting of Miss Terry.
Ellen Terry and Her Sisters T. Edgar Pemberton
to credit or assign, as to a particular origin or period: to ascribe parts of a play to Shakespeare
to attribute as a quality; consider as belonging to: to ascribe beauty to youth
to count; to enter into an account
Latin ad- + scribere ‘to write’
transitive; used with to
1670s, from ascribe + -able. Related: Ascribably; ascribability.
mid-14c., ascrive, from Old French ascrivre “to inscribe; attribute, impute,” from Latin ascribere “to write in, to add to in a writing,” from ad- “to” (see ad-) + scribere “to write” (see script (n.)). Spelling restored by 16c. Related: Ascribed; ascribing.
to credit or assign, as to a cause or source; attribute; impute: The alphabet is usually ascribed to the Phoenicians. to attribute or think of as belonging, as a quality or characteristic: They ascribed courage to me for something I did out of sheer panic. Contemporary Examples Is writing simply a borderless act or can […]
- Ascribed status
the social position assigned to a person on the basis of kinship, ethnic group, sex, etc. Historical Examples Social status on this frontier depended more upon achieved status than ascribed status. The Fair Play Settlers of the West Branch Valley, 1769-1784 George D. Wolf
the act of . a statement something, especially praise to the Deity. Historical Examples This ascription is based upon the entry in the Stationers’ Register, which runs: ‘7º Novembris 1627. Pastoral Poetry and Pastoral Drama Walter W. Greg But in the two verses that follow the ascription of holiness, we find the sum of the […]
pertaining to, involving, or indicating ascription, especially the attribution of qualities or characteristics.