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ˌæ trəˈbyu ʃənat·tri·bu·tion

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. attribution, ascriptionnoun

    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"

  2. attribution, ascriptionnoun

    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"


  1. attributionnoun

    The act of attributing something.

  2. attributionnoun

    An explicit or formal acknowledgment of ownership or authorship.

    The attribution of the quote is widely regarded as dubious.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Attributionnoun

    the act of attributing or ascribing, as a quality, character, or function, to a thing or person, an effect to a cause

    Etymology: [L. attributio: cf. F. attribution.]

  2. Attributionnoun

    that which is ascribed or attributed

    Etymology: [L. attributio: cf. F. attribution.]


  1. Attribution

    Attribution is a concept in social psychology addressing the processes by which individuals explain the causes of behavior and events; attribution theory is an umbrella term for various models that attempt to explain those processes. Psychological research into attribution began with the work of Fritz Heider in the early part of the 20th century, subsequently developed by others such as Harold Kelley and Bernard Weiner.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of attribution in Chaldean Numerology is: 1

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of attribution in Pythagorean Numerology is: 5

Examples of attribution in a Sentence

  1. Richard Horwell:

    They wanted to evade attribution for his death because they wanted to avoid political fallout in the UK.

  2. Tom Ruggio:

    It's pretty fascinating. So, not only do we get a strong -- pretty much as I call a slam-dunk -- attribution because of the connecting paintings, but we also get a look at its process.

  3. The FBI:

    The FBI has concluded the Government of North Korea is responsible for the theft and destruction of data on the network of Sony Pictures Entertainment, attribution to North Korea is based on intelligence from the FBI, the U.S. intelligence community, DHS, foreign partners and the private sector.

  4. Kara Frederick:

    I'm very circumspect about Biden’s actions in this summit because we're supposed to impose costs when cyberattacks occur and when they meet a level of attribution to a state, most cyber criminals in Russia operate with tacit state approval.

  5. High Court:

    Confidence cannot exist without trust, and trust cannot exist without assurance that partisan political positions incapable of being communicated with attribution will not be communicated anyhow under the cloak of anonymity.

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    a hazy or indistinct representation
    • A. aggravate
    • B. attend
    • C. blur
    • D. doom

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