n. An explicit or formal acknowledgment of ownership or authorship.
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.
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.
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n. assigning some quality or character to a person or thing
n. assigning to a cause or source
"Sobran seems to be unaware that lists of parallels such as he provides have long been looked at very skeptically in attribution studies, since writers in any era consciously or unconsciously influence each other and draw on common sources."
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