classification

noun
clas·​si·​fi·​ca·​tion | \ ˌkla-sə-fə-ˈkā-shən How to pronounce classification (audio) \

Definition of classification

1 : the act or process of classifying
2a : systematic arrangement in groups or categories according to established criteria specifically : taxonomy

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Other Words from classification

classificatory \ ˈkla-​sə-​fi-​kə-​ˌtȯr-​ē How to pronounce classification (audio) , kla-​ˈsi-​fə-​ How to pronounce classification (audio) , ˈkla-​sə-​fə-​ˌkā-​tə-​rē How to pronounce classification (audio) \ adjective

Examples of classification in a Sentence

the classification of new species job classifications for government workers
Recent Examples on the Web Cal Cartage Transportation Express, which brought the lawsuit, has been locked in a dispute with the city of Los Angeles over its classification of workers as contractors rather than employees. Margot Roosevelt, Los Angeles Times, 13 Oct. 2021 The management of solid carbon from pyrolysis is largely contingent on its regulatory classification. Baker Institute, Forbes, 22 Sep. 2021 Thompson is the two-time reigning champs in our state’s largest classification. Ben Thomas | Bthomas@al.com, al, 15 Sep. 2021 Hamilton Southeastern all garnered top-five spots in the state's largest classification, with Penn and McCutcheon ranked first and third, respectively. Brian Haenchen, The Indianapolis Star, 1 Sep. 2021 Jonas Vingegaard stayed on Pogacar’s wheel, with Richard Carapaz close behind but Rigoberto Uran, who was previously second in the general classification, was unable to keep pace and dropped back to fourth overall. BostonGlobe.com, 15 July 2021 In the meantime, lifelong church member Susan Richmond, who is Wilson’s great-great-granddaughter, takes pride in the village’s classification. Daniel I. Dorfman, chicagotribune.com, 1 June 2021 But classification guidelines differ from office to office, and there are no national standards. New York Times, 30 Sep. 2021 At Thursday’s meeting, the Board of County Commissioners approved a contract for a compensation, classification and organizational design study to Segal’s Consulting. Madison Bateman, baltimoresun.com/maryland/carroll, 27 Sep. 2021

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First Known Use of classification

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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16 Oct 2021

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“Classification.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/classification. Accessed 23 Oct. 2021.

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classification

noun

English Language Learners Definition of classification

: the act or process of putting people or things into groups based on ways that they are alike
: an arrangement of people or things into groups based on ways that they are alike

classification

noun
clas·​si·​fi·​ca·​tion | \ ˌkla-sə-fə-ˈkā-shən How to pronounce classification (audio) \

Kids Definition of classification

1 : the act of arranging into groups of similar things
2 : an arrangement into groups of similar things a classification of plants

classification

noun
clas·​si·​fi·​ca·​tion | \ ˌklas-(ə-)fə-ˈkā-shən How to pronounce classification (audio) \

Medical Definition of classification

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

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classification

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Legal Definition of classification

: 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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