[ a-truh-byoo-shuh n ]
/ ˌæ trəˈbyu ʃən /


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.

Nearby words

  1. attrahent,
  2. attrib.,
  3. attributable,
  4. attribute,
  5. attributes,
  6. attribution theory,
  7. attributive,
  8. attrit,
  9. attrite,
  10. attrition

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

Word Origin and History for misattribution
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper