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See also: réplication



By surface analysis, from replicate +‎ -(at)ion. Diachronically, from Middle English replicacioun, replicacion, from Anglo-Norman replicacioun and Old French replicacion (reply, answer), from Latin replicātiō, replicātiōnem.


  • IPA(key): /ɹɛplɪˈkeɪʃən/
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  • Rhymes: -eɪʃən


replication (countable and uncountable, plural replications)

  1. The process by which an object, person, place or idea may be copied mimicked or reproduced.
    • 2014, Wikipedia, DNA replication:
      DNA replication is the process of producing two identical replicas from one original DNA molecule.
  2. Copy; reproduction.
    That painting is an almost exact replication of a famous Rembrandt painting.
  3. (law) A response from the plaintiff to the defendant's plea.
  4. (biology) The process of producing replicas of DNA or RNA molecules.
  5. (computing) The process of frequent electronic data copying a one database in one computer or server to a database in another so that all users share the same level of information. Used to improve fault tolerance of the system.


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