as·​crip·​tion | \ ə-ˈskrip-shən How to pronounce ascription (audio) \

Definition of ascription

1 : the act of ascribing : attribution
2 : arbitrary placement (as at birth) in a particular social status

Examples of ascription in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Even if its intent were innocuous — to address inaccurate ascriptions to the Polish state for participating in an official capacity in Nazi crimes — the impact of this type of legislation is dangerous. Steny Hoyer, Time, 15 Mar. 2018 Black women who posit a feminism that exists for a purpose greater than the liberation of a single individual or gender ascription. Tunde Wey, San Francisco Chronicle, 15 Dec. 2017

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First Known Use of ascription

1598, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for ascription

Late Latin ascription-, ascriptio, from Latin, written addition, from ascribere

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The first known use of ascription was in 1598

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Cite this Entry

“Ascription.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 May. 2022.

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