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delineation

[dih-lin-ee-ey-shuh n]
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noun
  1. the act or process of delineating.
  2. a chart or diagram; sketch; rough draft.
  3. a description.
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Origin of delineation

1560–70; < Late Latin dēlīneātiōn- (stem of dēlīneātiō) a sketch, equivalent to Latin dēlīneāt(us) (see delineate) + -iōn- -ion
Related formsde·lin·e·a·tive [dih-lin-ee-ey-tiv, -ee-uh-tiv] /dɪˈlɪn iˌeɪ tɪv, -i ə tɪv/, adjectivenon·de·lin·e·a·tion, nounnon·de·lin·e·a·tive, adjectivepre·de·lin·e·a·tion, nounun·de·lin·e·a·tive, adjective
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Historical Examples

  • The delineation of Socrates in the Republic is not wholly consistent.

  • There was yet a fifth combination which God used in the delineation of the universe.

    Timaeus

    Plato

  • The style is stilted, and there is no attempt at delineation of character.

    Mary Wollstonecraft

    Elizabeth Robins Pennell

  • They become a delineation of the non-sensuous, of the soul's progress of development.

  • Softness and decision, breadth and delineation, cannot co-exist in equal degrees.


Word Origin and History for delineation

n.

1560s, native formation from delineate, or else from Latin delineationem (nominative delineatio) "sketch, description," noun of action from past participle stem of delineare (see delineate).

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