ascription

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n ascription 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"
    • n ascription 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"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Ascription The act of ascribing, imputing, or affirming to belong; also, that which is ascribed.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n ascription The act of ascribing, imputing, or affirming to belong, to be due, etc.
    • n ascription An expression ascribing; words in which one ascribes.
    • n ascription Also rarely adscription.
    • n ascription A prayer at the end of a sermon, ascribing praise to God.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Ascription act of ascribing or imputing: any expression of ascribing, or any formula for such, like the one ascribing glory to God repeated at the end of a sermon
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L. ascriptio, fr. ascribere,. See Ascribe
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
L. ascribĕre, -scriptumad, to, scrib-ĕre, to write.

Usage

In literature:

But there our ascription of merit to Thomas must stop.
"The Life of William Carey" by George Smith
Never can love make consciousness and ascription equal in force.
"Essays, Second Series" by Ralph Waldo Emerson
Gent.,' an ascription which has given rise to a good deal of conjecture.
"Pastoral Poetry and Pastoral Drama" by Walter W. Greg
ANTHROPOMORPHISM, the ascription of human attributes to the unseen author of things.
"The Nuttall Encyclopaedia" by Edited by Rev. James Wood
It consists mainly of ascriptions of praise and of prayer, and corresponds nearly to our idea of a prayer-book.
"Library Of The World's Best Literature, Ancient And Modern, Vol 3" by Various
Lauds, a religious service in connection with matins; so called from the reiterated ascriptions of praise to God in the psalms.
"A Short History of Monks and Monasteries" by Alfred Wesley Wishart
He closes it by an ascription of glory to the blessed Trinity.
"Primitive Christian Worship" by James Endell Tyler
But he cannot have been unaware that in an age which valued elegant Latinity so highly, his patron would be gratified by the ascription.
"The Age of Erasmus" by P. S. Allen
It is at least an approximation to ascribe the primacy of realism to Courbet, though ascriptions of the kind are at best approximations.
"French Art" by W. C. Brownell
And what applies to the illusory interpretation of others' feelings applies to the ascription of feelings to inanimate objects.
"Illusions" by James Sully
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In science:

The next Subsection adapts these ideas to ascriptions of specific values of velocity, as a preparation for the comparison with Robinson’s and Lewis’s proposal in Section 4.3.
On the Persistence of Homogeneous Matter
For “most” of the content of an ascription of velocity to an ob ject is free of this presupposition: though this “most” is about the ob ject at other times, it does not imply that the ob ject exists at any such times, since it is hypothetical (conditional) in content.
On the Persistence of Homogeneous Matter
The sequence of time-derivatives:— The discussion will be tidier if we consider ascriptions, not of specific values of position, velocity, acceleration etc. to o at time t, but of some or other value.
On the Persistence of Homogeneous Matter
Then successive ascriptions are of increasing logical strength: having a velocity implies having a position, having an acceleration implies having a velocity etc.
On the Persistence of Homogeneous Matter
So consider a sequence of ascriptions to o at time t: viz. (Pos): an ascription of a position, i.e. a proposition saying that o has some or other position at t; (Vel): an ascription of an (i.e. some or other) instantaneous velocity at t; (Acc): an ascription of an instantaneous acceleration at t.
On the Persistence of Homogeneous Matter
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