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

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

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

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

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

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

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


From Middle French attribution, from Latin attributio. (Wiktionary)



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