acculturation

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

  • First attested in 1880.
  • ad- ("toward") + culture +‎ -ation (a process)

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Noun[edit]

acculturation (countable and uncountable, plural acculturations)

  1. A process by which the culture of an isolated society changes on contact with a different one.
  2. A process by which a person acquires the culture of the society that he/she inhabits, starting at birth.

Usage notes[edit]

  • Some social scientists reverse the meanings of enculturation and acculturation. Primary socialization is sometimes called enculturation, while secondary socialization is sometimes called acculturation.

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