enculturation

[ en-kuhl-chuh-rey-shuh n ]
/ ɛnˌkʌl tʃəˈreɪ ʃən /

noun

the process whereby individuals learn their group's culture, through experience, observation, and instruction.

Nearby words

  1. encrustation,
  2. encrusted,
  3. encrypt,
  4. encryption,
  5. enculturate,
  6. encumber,
  7. encumbrance,
  8. encumbrancer,
  9. ency.,
  10. encyclical

Origin of enculturation

First recorded in 1945–50; en-1 + (ac)culturation

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British Dictionary definitions for enculturation

enculturation

/ (ɛnˌkʌltʃʊˈreɪʃən) /

noun

another word for socialization
Derived Formsenculturative (ɛnˈkʌltʃʊrətɪv), adjective

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Word Origin and History for enculturation

enculturation

n.

1948 (Herskovits), from en- (1) + culturation (cf. acculturation).

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