interpretation

[ in-tur-pri-tey-shuh n ]
/ ɪnˌtɜr prɪˈteɪ ʃən /
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noun

the act of interpreting; elucidation; explication: This writer's work demands interpretation.
an explanation of the meaning of another's artistic or creative work; an elucidation: an interpretation of a poem.
a conception of another's behavior: a charitable interpretation of his tactlessness.
a way of interpreting.
the rendering of a dramatic part, music, etc., so as to bring out the meaning, or to indicate one's particular conception of it.
oral translation.

Nearby words

  1. interpolator,
  2. interpose,
  3. interposition,
  4. interpret,
  5. interpretable,
  6. interpretative,
  7. interpreted language,
  8. interpreter,
  9. interpretive,
  10. interpretive centre

Origin of interpretation

1250–1300; Middle English < Latin interpretātiōn- (stem of interpretātiō). See interpret, -ation

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British Dictionary definitions for over-interpretation

interpretation

/ (ɪnˌtɜːprɪˈteɪʃən) /

noun

the act or process of interpreting or explaining; elucidation
the result of interpreting; an explanation
a particular view of an artistic work, esp as expressed by stylistic individuality in its performance
explanation, as of the environment, a historical site, etc, provided by the use of original objects, personal experience, visual display material, etc
logic an allocation of significance to the terms of a purely formal system, by specifying ranges for the variables, denotations for the individual constants, etc; a function from the formal language to such elements of a possible world
Derived Formsinterpretational, adjective

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Word Origin and History for over-interpretation

interpretation

n.

mid-14c. (late 13c. in Anglo-French), from Old French interpretacion (12c.) and directly from Latin interpretationem (nominative interpretatio) "explanation, exposition," noun of action from past participle stem of interpretari (see interpret).

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Medicine definitions for over-interpretation

interpretation

[ ĭn-tûr′prĭ-tāshən ]

n.

The act or process of explaining the meaning of something.
A psychotherapist's explanation of the meaning of a patient's remarks, dreams, memories, experiences, and behavior.
Related formsin•terpret v.


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