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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. The act of ascribing.
  • n. A statement that ascribes.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. the act of ascribing a quality or characteristic to someone or something

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The act of ascribing, imputing, or affirming to belong; also, that which is ascribed.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The act of ascribing, imputing, or affirming to belong, to be due, etc.
  • n. An expression ascribing; words in which one ascribes.
  • n. Also rarely adscription.
  • n. A prayer at the end of a sermon, ascribing praise to God.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. assigning some quality or character to a person or thing
  • n. assigning to a cause or source

Etymologies

Latin ascrīptiō, ascrīptiōn-, addendum, from ascrīptus, past participle of ascrībere, to ascribe; see ascribe.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)

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