Adjective "ascriptive" definition and examples

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Definitions and examples


The attribution of something to a cause.
  1. 'Given this discrepancy, solution may be elusive, and ascription of the patterns to a pervasive pathology whose outbreaks are unpredictable makes sense.'
  2. 'The hundreds of texts on this theme contain two main elements: the description of the experience; and its ascription to the nightmare.'
  3. 'Modern psycho-analysts question this physical ascription as they work on the basis that our cognitions and emotions have a greater role than repetition of physical acts in forming habits.'
  4. 'questions of authorial ascription'
  5. 'And why use anonymous transmission during Josquin's lifetime as negative evidence when we really know so little about why a piece bears an ascription in one source but not in another?'
  6. 'But while I have tried to put poets to as many poems as I can, most verses have remained true to their seventeenth-century nature and elude ascription.'
  7. 'This ascription has notoriously become a matter of debate and controversy in the modern era.'
  8. 'Dr Kruse accepts the traditional ascription of the Gospel to the apostle John, writing in Ephesus towards the end of the first century.'
  9. 'These questions lead to some reflections on the ways in which créolité translates time-honored models of literary history, while providing new ascriptions of literary genesis, genealogy, and genetic criticism.'
  10. 'Assessing the available evidence about the life history of ‘The Recruited Collier,’ Roy Palmer concluded that Lloyd's ascription of it to Huxtable is untenable.'
  11. 'There are excellent reasons for maintaining the traditional ascriptions of Gospel authorship, when standard tests for such determinations are applied;'
  12. 'Her ascription to Smithian discourse as the source for this ethic of reading and writing is problematic in that Smith's own writings undercut the sentimental version of narrative identification.'
  13. 'Perched above my desk is an old Christmas card with a reproduction of a seventeenth-century Italian etching of the Madonna and Child, the ascription of the artist long since lost.'
  14. 'the ascription of special personal qualities to political leaders'
  15. 'This strategy for reconciling ascriptions of perfect goodness and omnipotence to God might be judged effective as long as three important theistic beliefs about God's power were respected by any such restriction.'
  16. 'His conclusion is that God is only - and rarely - compared to a woman, whereas masculine ascriptions to God as metaphors are constitutive of a growing structure of meaning about God in the Bible.'
  17. 'If we conclude that the ascription of sensations and feelings to a disembodied spirit does not make sense, it does not obviously follow, as you might think, that we must deny the possibility of disembodied spirits altogether.'
  18. 'Without ascriptions of meaning, formal and analytical knowledge is inert, unactualised, imperceptible.'
  19. 'Knowledge of the law is hardly an appropriate test on which to base ascription of responsibility to the mentally disordered.'
  20. 'Marian's writing and eavesdropping defies the traditional ascription of maleness to narrative agency, although it is later re-established.'
  21. 'For surely our ordinary judgments typically, if not exclusively, are motivated by moral concerns - in particular, the ascription of responsibility, the recognition of rights and obligations, and the acknowledgment of commitments.'
  22. 'At the same time, they are careful to avoid any blanket ascription of authority to scripture.'
  23. 'The third is the emergence of new attitudes, usually described as postmodernist, which challenge the Church's traditional ascription of authority to the Bible.'
  24. 'The author puts ‘to the Hebrews’ in quotation marks because he, like many other scholars currently working on Hebrews, does not believe that this ascription describes the addressees of this text.'
  25. '‘Lord and Our God’ was the royal ascription in use about the time John was written.'
  26. 'Even when the trinitarian ascription of praise is not used, ‘forever’ ends prayers.'

More definitions

1. pertaining to, involving, or indicating ascription, especially the attribution of qualities or characteristics.

More examples(as adjective)

"adjectives can be ascriptive."


Late 16th century: from Latin ascriptio(n-), from the verb ascribere (see ascribe).