[uh-sim-uh-ley-shuh n]


Origin of assimilation

First recorded in 1595–1605, assimilation is from the Latin word assimilātiōn- (stem of assimilātiō). See assimilate, -ion
Related formsan·ti·as·sim·i·la·tion, noun, adjectivenon·as·sim·i·la·tion, nounre·as·sim·i·la·tion, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for non-assimilation

Historical Examples of non-assimilation

  • The second type is "small-pox" and is caused by the non-assimilation of the nitrogenized element of meat, or gelatinous elements.

    The White Spark

    Orville Livingston Leach

  • A striking illustration of non-assimilation and the attendant perils may be found in Pennsylvania.

    Aliens or Americans?

    Howard B. Grose

Word Origin and History for non-assimilation



early 15c., "act of assimilating," from Old French assimilacion, from Latin assimilationem (nominative assimilatio) "likeness, similarity," noun of action from past participle stem of assimilare (see assimilate). Psychological sense is from 1855.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

non-assimilation in Medicine




The incorporation of digested substances from food into the tissues of an organism.
The amalgamation and modification of newly perceived information and experiences into the existing cognitive structure.
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non-assimilation in Science



The conversion of nutrients into living tissue; constructive metabolism.
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non-assimilation in Culture


The process by which a person or persons acquire the social and psychological characteristics of a group: “Waves of immigrants have been assimilated into the American culture.”

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