reification

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First attested around 1846; a macaronic calque of German Verdinglichung, using -ification (making) for ver- + -lich + -ung, and Latin res (thing) for Ding (thing)

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reification (plural reifications)

  1. The consideration of an abstract thing as if it were concrete, or of an inanimate object as if it were living.
  2. The consideration of a human being as an impersonal object.
  3. (programming) Process that makes out of a non-computable/addressable object a computable/addressable one.

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