- 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.
Origin of ascribe
1. See attribute.
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Examples from the Web for ascribable
Are these miraculous revelations that we hear of ascribable to evil influences?Gerald Fitzgerald
Charles James Lever
Perhaps to some extent this is ascribable to the influence of the genius loci.A Civil Servant in Burma
Herbert Thirkel White
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
They are not ascribable to the purely intellectual movement alone, though it is no doubt an essential factor.The English Utilitarians, Volume I.
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
- to credit or assign, as to a particular origin or periodto ascribe parts of a play to Shakespeare
- to attribute as a quality; consider as belonging toto ascribe beauty to youth
C15: from Latin ascrībere to enrol, from ad in addition + scrībere to write
Ascribe is sometimes wrongly used where subscribe is meant: I do not subscribe (not ascribe) to this view
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Word Origin and History for ascribable
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