alienation

noun alien·ation \ ˌā-lē-ə-ˈnā-shən , ˌāl-yə- \

Definition of alienation

1 :a withdrawing or separation of a person or a person's affections from an object or position of former attachment :estrangement
  • alienation … from the values of one's society and family
  • —S. L. Halleck
2 :a conveyance of property to another

Examples of alienation in a Sentence

  1. after years of alienation from her family, she became reconciled with them when her father fell ill

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Origin and Etymology of alienation

see 1alien


Medical Dictionary

alienation

noun alien·ation \ ˌā-lē-ə-ˈnā-shən, ˌāl-yə- \

medical Definition of alienation

:a withdrawing or separation of a person or a person's affections from an object or position of former attachment
  • alienation…from the values of one's society and family
  • —S. L. Halleck


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