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ATTRIBUTION

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does attribution mean? 

ATTRIBUTION (noun)
  The noun ATTRIBUTION has 2 senses:

1. assigning some quality or character to a person or thing
2. assigning to a cause or source

  Familiarity information: ATTRIBUTION used as a noun is rare.


 Dictionary entry details 


ATTRIBUTION (noun)


Sense 1attribution [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Assigning some quality or character to a person or thing

Classified under:

Nouns denoting cognitive processes and contents

Synonyms:

ascription; attribution

Context examples:

the attribution of language to birds / the ascription to me of honors I had not earned

Hypernyms ("attribution" is a kind of...):

categorisation; categorization; classification; sorting (the basic cognitive process of arranging into classes or categories)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "attribution"):

zoomorphism (the attribution of animal forms or qualities to a god)


Sense 2attribution [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Assigning to a cause or source

Classified under:

Nouns denoting cognitive processes and contents

Synonyms:

ascription; attribution

Context examples:

the attribution of lighting to an expression of God's wrath / he questioned the attribution of the painting to Picasso

Hypernyms ("attribution" is a kind of...):

categorisation; categorization; classification; sorting (the basic cognitive process of arranging into classes or categories)

Attribute:

attributable (capable of being attributed)

unascribable; unattributable (not attributable)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "attribution"):

animatism (the attribution of consciousness and personality to natural phenomena such as thunderstorms and earthquakes and to objects such as plants and stones)

imputation (the attribution to a source or cause)

externalisation; externalization (attributing to outside causes)


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