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(of a quotation, story, or work of art) not ascribed to any source; of unknown or unpublished provenance:‘some of the funniest quotations are unattributed’‘the information is not for use even on an unattributed basis’‘most of the music is unattributed, having been passed down for centuries’
unsigned, unattributed, unattested, uncreditedView synonyms
- ‘Is the first merely another clue to the fact that the unattributed quotation in the subsequent note is in fact from the fourth chapter of Stevenson's novel?’
- ‘From the first performance, however, a pas de deux by Friedrich Burgmüller was interpolated, and other unattributed additions were made in its later Russian productions.’
- ‘Of course, this urge to divulge becomes problematic when, as in the Beckham case, secrets from unattributed sources are printed on a website without the merest whiff of corroborating evidence.’
- ‘The latest example of this hysteria is a badly-lopsided Reuters article that contains the following gem, unattributed to any source.’
- ‘But there were sources that were unattributed.’
- ‘Compositional studies also appear on another Florentine baroque drawing at the Fogg which has remained unattributed since its accession in 1964.’
- ‘It is leading to journalists - mainstream journalists - relying increasingly on unattributed sources.’
- ‘The numbers also often tend to be unattributed to any source.’
- ‘To preserve their anonymity Hatfield left his sources for the drug story unattributed; it was an omission that was to cost him a great deal.’
- ‘If he were the New York Times's key supplier of exclusives on that subject and, as Miller claims, was not used as an unattributed source, his name should appear in those articles.’
- ‘It's unattributed, and nowhere appears in the story.’
- ‘The danger of using unattributed sources as Kurtz and so many others do, is that the veracity of the informants can not be evaluated.’
- ‘After the establishment of lectern Bibles in all churches in 1538 and then the publication of the AV in 1611, the Bible was so well known that even unattributed quotations and allusions were instantly recognized.’
- ‘Nor can it be a respect for fair quotation, which a little familiarity with that unattributed snatch from ‘a Pentagon planner’ makes abundantly clear.’
- ‘These changes intend to clarify the use of unnamed sources and unattributed quotes.’
- ‘I will deal with facts here, of course, not unattributed sources.’
- ‘For the 1893 program, however, an unattributed redrawn rendition of Williams's piece was offered, this one appearing uncaptioned.’
- ‘Wallace has done his editing carefully, verifying the texts, dating the documents, explaining allusions, and seeking (often unsuccessfully) the sources of unattributed quotations.’
- ‘An influential group of Belgian surrealists claimed that it was a previously unattributed sculpture by Rene Magritte.’
- ‘She varies the size of the typeface; alternates between objective and intimate and rhapsodic registers; leaps between topics; and interweaves unattributed quotations.’
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