enculturation

noun en·cul·tur·a·tion \ in-ˌkəl-chə-ˈrā-shən , (ˌ)en- \
|Updated on: 12 Jun 2018

Definition of enculturation

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

enculturate

play \in-ˈkəl-chə-ˌrāt, (ˌ)en-\ verb

Origin and Etymology of enculturation

1en- + 1culture + -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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