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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun The act of attributing, especially the act of establishing a particular person as the creator of a work of art.
  • noun Something, such as a quality or characteristic, that is related to a particular possessor; an attribute.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun The act of attributing, in any sense; ascription.
  • noun That which is ascribed; attribute.
  • noun Authority or function granted, as to a ruler, minister, or court.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun The act of attributing or ascribing, as a quality, character, or function, to a thing or person, an effect to a cause.
  • noun That which is ascribed or attributed.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun The act of attributing something.
  • noun An explicit or formal acknowledgment of ownership or authorship.

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

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

Etymologies

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

From Middle French attribution, from Latin attributio.

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