Definition of attribution in English:



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’
    • ‘Attributions made by patients about the cause of their illness often involve environmental pollution.’
    • ‘Thus, attributions to medication may not be as problematic as feared.’
    • ‘The attribution of deaths from influenza varied considerably over the 30 years reported.’
    • ‘The opposite pattern of attributions (internal, stable; external, unstable) is deemed "depressogenic."’
    • ‘Patterns of symptom clusters are viewed in relation to dependent variables including servicemen's changing attributions for post-combat disorders.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘If there is a subsequent decline in value, that decline may affect the attribution to pre-acquisition profits under the rest of the section.’
    • ‘Factors to consider are researcher beliefs and attitudes, facts and ideas, the attribution of causation, and the discovery role of historical writing.’
    • ‘He is asking a larger question about people and their vehicles, as well as about attributions of agency in the case of accidents.’
    • ‘The study found that attributions were unrelated to depressive symptomatology among these children.’
    1. 1.1 The 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’
      count noun ‘none of the texts in the collection contained author attributions’
      • ‘Recently the museum returned to an attribution to Lebel, still with little discussion of the problem.’
      • ‘This quotation could explain the old attribution to Andrea of the London version.’
      • ‘The one certain attribution to Dürer is this frontispiece, published in 1492.’
      • ‘The painting was first published with the attribution to Filippino in the National Gallery catalog of 1859.’
      • ‘Only occasionally is the attribution or dating of a work discussed.’
      • ‘The attribution to Ghirlandaio, therefore, looms large especially in the current literature.’
      • ‘In the 1850s, he developed his scientific method of attribution, a method inspired by the comparative methodologies of the natural sciences.’
      • ‘Some of the new attributions are the results of archaeological research.’
      • ‘The most significant stumbling-block to the present attribution was the inscription that was formerly on the painting.’
      • ‘Peter has written rather more of this than he lets on, leaving thorny problems of attribution for future historians.’
    2. 1.2 The 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’
      count noun ‘attributions of false motives, especially of greed, are commonplace’
      • ‘The authors propose that bragging conveys information about an actor's good deeds, leading to an attribution of generosity.’
      • ‘Such group attribution could form part of the construction of the enemy.’
      • ‘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 attribution of sexual desire to females challenged the notions of proper female behavior.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘The fourth chapter explores the elaboration and subsequent extinction of the American attribution of sovereignty to Native American nations.’
      • ‘They have absorbed the English-speaking colonialist attribution of barbarity to the Irish language.’
      • ‘Others identified similar implied attributions of "blame, guilt, or comparative worth."’
      • ‘Noted first is the historical attribution of homosexual identities.’