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compartmentalization

[ kuhm-pahrt-men-tl-ahy-zey-shuhn, kom-pahrt- ]
/ kəm pɑrtˌmɛn tlˌaɪˈzeɪ ʃən, ˌkɒm pɑrt- /
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noun
the act or process of dividing something into separate and isolated categories, sections, areas, or compartments: The camera bag is made from high-quality, strong material, and includes dividers for compartmentalization.
Psychology. the process of mentally separating or setting aside one’s incompatible or negative emotions, beliefs, or behaviors: Coping with trauma entails psychological defenses—such as denial or emotional compartmentalization—that are inherently isolating.
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Origin of compartmentalization

First recorded in 1920–25; compartmentaliz(e) + -ation

OTHER WORDS FROM compartmentalization

de·com·part·men·tal·i·za·tion, noun
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