- Subscription Sub*scrip"tion, n. [L. subscriptio: cf. F.
1. The act of subscribing.
2. That which is subscribed. Specifically: (a) A paper to which a signature is attached. (b) The signature attached to a paper. (c) Consent or attestation by underwriting the name. (d) Sum subscribed; amount of sums subscribed; as, an individual subscription to a fund. [1913 Webster]
3. (Eccl.) The acceptance of articles, or other tests tending to promote uniformity; esp. (Ch. of Eng.), formal assent to the Thirty-nine Articles and the Book of Common Prayer, required before ordination. [1913 Webster]
You owe me no subscription. --Shak. [1913 Webster]
6. A method of purchasing items produced periodically in a series, as newspapers or magazines, in which a certain number of the items are delivered as produced, without need for ordering each item individually; also, the purchase thus executed. [1913 Webster]
Note: The right to attend a series of public performances of ballet, opera, or music are also often sold by subscription. The payment for a subscription may be made prior to delivery of any items (common with magazines and performances), or after a certain number of the items have been delivered (common with newspapers or works of art produced in a series). [1913 Webster] 7. An application to purchase a certain number of securities to be delivered when they are newly issued. --> [1913 Webster]
The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.