plural -s
: the quality or state of being added, annexed, or bound
adscription of serfs
adscription of an estate

Word History


Latin adscription-, adscriptio, ascription-, ascriptio written addition (influenced in meaning by Medieval Latin adscriptitius)

First Known Use

1604, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of adscription was in 1604

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“Adscription.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 Sep. 2023.

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