[uh-skrip-shuh n]
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Also ad·scrip·tion [ad-skrip-shuh n] /ædˈskrɪp ʃən/.

Origin of ascription

1590–1600; < Latin ascrīptiōn- (stem of ascrīptiō) a written addition. See a-5, script, -ion Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

Examples from the Web for adscription

Historical Examples of adscription

  • And thus is the common adscription of a circle: The adscription of a rectilineall followeth, and first of a Triangle.

  • Such is the Adscription of a triangle: The adscription of an ordinate triangulate is now to be taught.

British Dictionary definitions for adscription


  1. a less common word for ascription


adscription (ədˈskrɪpʃən)

  1. the act of ascribing
  2. a statement ascribing something to someone, esp praise to God

Word Origin for ascription

C16: from Latin ascrīptiō, from ascrībere to ascribe
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Word Origin and History for adscription



1590s, "action of adding in writing;" c.1600, "attribution of authorship or origin," from Latin ascriptionem (nominative ascriptio) "an addition in writing," noun of action from past participle stem of ascribere (see ascribe).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper