co-op·​ta·​tion | \ ˌkō-ˌäp-ˈtä-shən How to pronounce co-optation (audio) \

Definition of co-optation

: the act or an instance of co-opting something : a taking over or appropriation of something for a new or different purpose The co-optation of the raised fist as a patriotic symbol …— Niela Orr Wolfe's shrewd co-optation of hip style in service of a meat-and-potatoes cultural agenda won countless admirers, who hailed him as a brilliant satirist with a voice extravagant as America itself.— Rand Richards Cooper

First Known Use of co-optation

1966, in the meaning defined above

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“Co-optation.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 Sep. 2020.

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