[a-truh-byoo-shuh n]


the act of attributing; ascription.
something ascribed; an attribute.
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.

Origin of attribution

1425–75; late Middle English (< Middle French) < Latin attribūtiōn- (stem of attribūtiō assignment). See attribute, -ion
Related formsmis·at·tri·bu·tion, nounre·at·tri·bu·tion, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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Contemporary Examples of attribution

Historical Examples of attribution

  • This portion of the figure he enriches by the attribution of whiteness, or unity and radiance.

    A Dish Of Orts

    George MacDonald

  • It admits of but one attribution, and that embracing an identical proposition.

  • Still worse is the attribution of such weakness to the gods; as when the goddesses say, 'Alas!

  • Again, in every predication there is an attribution of singular or plural.



  • The discovery and attribution of these figures is the work of K. Sudhoff.

Word Origin and History for attribution

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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper