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attribution (n.)

late 15c., "action of bestowing or assigning," from Latin attributionem (nominative attributio) "an assignment, attribution," noun of action from past-participle stem of attribuere "assign, allot; ascribe, impute," from assimilated form of ad "to" (see ad-) + tribuere "assign, give, bestow" (see tribute). Meaning "thing attributed" is recorded from 1580s.

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Definitions of attribution

attribution (n.)
assigning some quality or character to a person or thing;
the attribution of language to birds
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attribution (n.)
assigning to a cause or source;
he questioned the attribution of the painting to Picasso
the attribution of lighting to an expression of God's wrath
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