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liminality

[lim-uh-nal-i-tee]
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noun Anthropology.
  1. the transitional period or phase of a rite of passage, during which the participant lacks social status or rank, remains anonymous, shows obedience and humility, and follows prescribed forms of conduct, dress, etc.

Origin of liminality

< Latin līmin- (stem of līmen) threshold + -al1 + -ity
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