or co-op·ta·tion

[ koh-op-tey-shuhn ]


  1. the act or process of being elected or selected into a body by the existing members:

    Investigators and judges are selected via cooptation, not recruited through a public selection procedure.

  2. the act or process of being assimilated or taken over by a larger or more established group:

    The revolutionaries declined to make specific demands as a defense against cooptation by established political parties or the labor unions.

  3. the act or process of taking possession or making use of something without permission:

    At the heart of punk ideology lies a harsh condemnation of modern society combined with a self-conscious sense of irony about the commercial cooptation of the message of this supposedly antisocial music.

  4. the act or process of being bribed or manipulated into changing sides:

    In order to prevent cooptation of their delegates, the organization changed representatives every few months.

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Word History and Origins

Origin of cooptation1

First recorded in 1530–40; coopt ( def ) + -ation ( def )
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Example Sentences

As financial inducements or other kinds of cooptation fail, the regime will rely on more repression.

The Communists perceived a dual purpose in their cooptation of this institution.