Meaning of attribution in English:


Pronunciation /atrɪˈbjuːʃ(ə)n/

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mass nounoften attribution to
  • 1The action of regarding something as being caused by a person or thing.

    ‘the electorate was disillusioned with his immediate attribution of the bombings to a separatist group’
    • ‘Factors to consider are researcher beliefs and attitudes, facts and ideas, the attribution of causation, and the discovery role of historical writing.’
    • ‘If there is a subsequent decline in value, that decline may affect the attribution to pre-acquisition profits under the rest of the section.’
    • ‘The opposite pattern of attributions (internal, stable; external, unstable) is deemed "depressogenic."’
    • ‘The study found that attributions were unrelated to depressive symptomatology among these children.’
    • ‘Thus, attributions to medication may not be as problematic as feared.’
    • ‘Patterns of symptom clusters are viewed in relation to dependent variables including servicemen's changing attributions for post-combat disorders.’
    • ‘Attributions made by patients about the cause of their illness often involve environmental pollution.’
    • ‘The attribution of deaths from influenza varied considerably over the 30 years reported.’
    • ‘Attribution of these attacks to dopamine agonists overlooks the point that drivers who fall asleep at the wheel are careful not to allow this to happen again.’
    • ‘He is asking a larger question about people and their vehicles, as well as about attributions of agency in the case of accidents.’
    1. 1.1The action of ascribing a work or remark to a particular author, artist, or person.
      ‘the study of Constable is fraught with problems of attribution’
      • ‘the attribution to Mozart on the title page is correct’
      • ‘none of the texts in the collection contained author attributions’
      • ‘Peter has written rather more of this than he lets on, leaving thorny problems of attribution for future historians.’
      • ‘Only occasionally is the attribution or dating of a work discussed.’
      • ‘Recently the museum returned to an attribution to Lebel, still with little discussion of the problem.’
      • ‘Some of the new attributions are the results of archaeological research.’
      • ‘The painting was first published with the attribution to Filippino in the National Gallery catalog of 1859.’
      • ‘In the 1850s, he developed his scientific method of attribution, a method inspired by the comparative methodologies of the natural sciences.’
      • ‘The attribution to Ghirlandaio, therefore, looms large especially in the current literature.’
      • ‘This quotation could explain the old attribution to Andrea of the London version.’
      • ‘The most significant stumbling-block to the present attribution was the inscription that was formerly on the painting.’
      • ‘The one certain attribution to Dürer is this frontispiece, published in 1492.’
    2. 1.2The action of regarding a quality or feature as characteristic of or possessed by a person or thing.
      ‘the attribution of human emotions to inanimate objects’
      • ‘attributions of false motives, especially of greed, are commonplace’
      • ‘They have absorbed the English-speaking colonialist attribution of barbarity to the Irish language.’
      • ‘The attribution of magical and personal properties to the contents of his work is consistent with his belief in the artist as shaman and art as revelatory.’
      • ‘Such group attribution could form part of the construction of the enemy.’
      • ‘Noted first is the historical attribution of homosexual identities.’
      • ‘Others identified similar implied attributions of "blame, guilt, or comparative worth."’
      • ‘The attribution of sexual desire to females challenged the notions of proper female behavior.’
      • ‘The fourth chapter explores the elaboration and subsequent extinction of the American attribution of sovereignty to Native American nations.’
      • ‘One should keep in mind that symbolic attributions to buildings reflect their shape rather than their use.’
      • ‘The lack of documentary evidence has precluded the attribution of a direct causal relationship between the two.’
      • ‘The authors propose that bragging conveys information about an actor's good deeds, leading to an attribution of generosity.’