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[uh-kuhl-chuh-rey-shuh n]
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  1. the process of adopting the cultural traits or social patterns of another group.
  2. the result of this process.
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Origin of acculturation

An Americanism dating back to 1875–80; ac- + culture + -ation
Related formsac·cul·tur·a·tion·al, adjective
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"the adoption and assimilation of an alien culture," 1880, from ad- "to" + culture (n.) + -ation.

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acculturation in Culture



The learning of the ideas, values, conventions, and behavior that characterize a social group. (See socialization.) Acculturation is also used to describe the results of contact between two or more different cultures; a new, composite culture emerges, in which some existing cultural features are combined, some are lost, and new features are generated. Usually one culture is dominant (as in the case of colonization).

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