sub·scrip·tion | \səb-ˈskrip-shən \

Definition of subscription 

1a : the act of signing one's name (as in attesting or witnessing a document)

b : the acceptance (as of ecclesiastical articles of faith) attested by the signing of one's name

2 : something that is subscribed: such as

a : an autograph signature also : a paper to which a signature is attached

b : a sum subscribed or pledged

3 : an arrangement for providing, receiving, or making use of something of a continuing or periodic nature on a prepayment plan: such as

a : a purchase by prepayment for a certain number of issues (as of a periodical)

b : application to purchase securities of a new issue

c : a method of offering or presenting a series of public performances

d British : membership dues

Examples of subscription in a Sentence

I'm going to renew my subscription. You won't find this magazine at newsstands. It's sold only by subscription.

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First Known Use of subscription

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 2

History and Etymology for subscription

Middle English subscripcion mark at the end of a document, concluding formula, from Anglo-French, from Latin subscription-, subscriptio, from subscribere

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English Language Learners Definition of subscription

: an agreement that you make with a company to get a publication or service regularly and that you usually pay for in advance

: a fee that you pay regularly to belong to or support an organization


sub·scrip·tion | \səb-ˈskrip-shən \

Kids Definition of subscription

: an agreement to buy a publication or service for a stated period


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Medical Definition of subscription 

: a part of a prescription that contains directions to the pharmacist

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sub·scrip·tion | \səb-ˈskrip-shən \

Legal Definition of subscription 

1 : the act of signing one's name (as in attesting or witnessing a document)

2 : something that is subscribed specifically : a sum subscribed or pledged a charitable subscription

3 : an agreement to purchase securities (as stocks) of a new issue and especially of a prospective corporation — compare warrant sense 3b

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