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the act of ; ascription.
something ascribed; an .
Numismatics. a classification for a coin, based on its distinguishing features, as date, design, or metal.
Archaic. authority or function assigned, as to a ruler, legislative assembly, delegate, or the like.
Contemporary Examples

The Daily Beast has added the attribution in both cases and regrets the error.
Making of a Terrorist Gerald Posner December 7, 2009

That precludes paying much mind to attribution or compensation.
Death of the Author by Viral Infection: In Defense of Taylor Swift, Digital Doomsayer Arthur Chu December 2, 2014

The Daily Beast has added the attribution and regrets the error.
Brittany’s ‘Spaced-Out’ World Gerald Posner December 20, 2009

Trustees must have known they would elicit such condemnation, but as one told me, not for attribution, “the board had no choice.”
Brandeis on the Brink Judith H. Dobrzynski January 27, 2009

Other assertions in Pocket Facts lack any attribution, which avoids mangling sources.
Shouting Points Gershom Gorenberg May 6, 2012

Historical Examples

The attribution of such action to Him is so bold that no danger of misunderstanding it is possible.
The Expositor’s Bible: The Psalms, Vol. 1 A. Maclaren

This portion of the figure he enriches by the attribution of whiteness, or unity and radiance.
A Dish Of Orts George MacDonald

I do not know whether the attribution of the stone to Antony Paynes parents was more than a likely guess.
Footprints of Former Men in Far Cornwall Robert S. Hawker

It admits of but one attribution, and that embracing an identical proposition.
Life: Its True Genesis R. W. Wright

One fact in this attribution is remarkable—the veneration paid to Hesiod.
Hesiod, The Homeric Hymns, and Homerica Homer and Hesiod


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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