classification

noun

clas·​si·​fi·​ca·​tion ˌkla-sə-fə-ˈkā-shən How to pronounce classification (audio)
1
: the act or process of classifying
2
a
: systematic arrangement in groups or categories according to established criteria
specifically : taxonomy

Example Sentences

the classification of new species job classifications for government workers
Recent Examples on the Web CBS News does not know the level of classification for the six new items that were retrieved Friday. CBS News, 22 Jan. 2023 Total number of government docs found and precisely where; and what levels of classification? ... Ryan King, Washington Examiner, 14 Jan. 2023 Depending on the level of classification, there’s higher and higher levels of security that have to accompany them. Isaac Chotiner, The New Yorker, 14 Jan. 2023 As national security pundit John Schindler noted on Twitter, the type of classification on the respective document finds matters as well. Rafi Schwartz, The Week, 13 Jan. 2023 This pioneering system of classification is the most comprehensive skin-testing platform to date. Jamie Wilson, Harper's BAZAAR, 6 Jan. 2023 Yet other fragments posed much more of a challenge to interpret and understand, originating from species that have been long forgotten by today’s system of classification. Sam Walters, Discover Magazine, 7 Dec. 2022 This is the second highest general level of classification for U.S. government files. Dustin Volz, WSJ, 26 Aug. 2022 The drought classification categories, ranging from abnormally dry to exceptional drought, reflect how dryness levels stack up to the historical record. Jack Lee, San Francisco Chronicle, 5 Jan. 2023 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1767, in the meaning defined at sense 2a

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The first known use of classification was in 1767

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“Classification.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/classification. Accessed 2 Feb. 2023.

Kids Definition

classification

noun
clas·​si·​fi·​ca·​tion ˌklas-(ə-)fə-ˈkā-shən How to pronounce classification (audio)
1
: the act or process of classifying
2
a
: systematic arrangement in groups : taxonomy
classificatory adjective

Medical Definition

classification

noun
clas·​si·​fi·​ca·​tion ˌklas-(ə-)fə-ˈkā-shən How to pronounce classification (audio)
1
: the act or process of classifying
2
: systematic arrangement of animals and plants in groups or categories according to established criteria
specifically : taxonomy sense 2

Legal Definition

classification

noun
clas·​si·​fi·​ca·​tion
: the act or method of distributing into a class or category according to characteristics
also : a class or category determined by characteristics see also suspect classification

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