enculturation

noun
en·​cul·​tur·​a·​tion | \ in-ˌkəl-chə-ˈrā-shən How to pronounce enculturation (audio) , (ˌ)en- How to pronounce enculturation (audio) \

Definition of enculturation

: the process by which an individual learns the traditional content of a culture and assimilates its practices and values

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Other Words from enculturation

enculturate \ in-​ˈkəl-​chə-​ˌrāt How to pronounce enculturation (audio) , (ˌ)en-​ How to pronounce enculturation (audio) \ verb

Examples of enculturation in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Thomas also points to the hidden curriculum and the ease that comes with lifelong enculturation. Cathleen O’grady, Science | AAAS, 1 Apr. 2021

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First Known Use of enculturation

1948, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for enculturation

en- entry 1 + culture entry 1 + -ation, perhaps after acculturation

Note: Word promulgated, if not introduced, by the American anthropologist Melville J. Herskovits (1895-1963) in Man and His Works: The Science of Cultural Anthropology (New York, 1948).

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“Enculturation.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/enculturation. Accessed 21 Sep. 2021.

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