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Elsewhere the defintion to this word is given to mean 'treating an idea as if it is a real object'. See Wordreference [1] or Encarta [2].

Quote "The final explanation of Aristotle's want of clearness on this subject is, however, to be found in the fact he had only half emancipated himself, as we shall see, from Plato's tendency to hypostatize ideas." Zeller in Aristotle, Vol, I., p. 204