AskDefine | Define attribution

Dictionary Definition



1 assigning some quality or character to a person or thing; "the attribution of language to birds"; "the ascription to me of honors I had not earned" [syn: ascription]
2 assigning to a cause or source; "the attribution of lighting to an expression of God's wrath"; "he questioned the attribution of the painting to Picasso" [syn: ascription]

User Contributed Dictionary



  1. Gerund form of attribute; an explicit or formal acknowledgment of ownership or authorship.

Extensive Definition

Attribution can mean: In art, the judgement by experts as to the author, date, or other aspect of the origin of a work of art. Works "attributed" to an artist are more firmly believed to be theirs than those "ascribed". A description or classification tool used to identify features of a specific object.
A form of description used to identify traits of an individual.
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