ex·​ter·​nal·​i·​za·​tion | \ ek-ˌstər-nə-lə-ˈzā-shən How to pronounce externalization (audio) \

Definition of externalization

1a : the action or process of externalizing
b : the quality or state of being externalized
2 : something externalized : embodiment

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bizarre paintings that are the externalization of a very troubled psyche
Recent Examples on the Web In a liberated future, the world of objects can be an externalization of our own consciousness Sam Kriss, The Atlantic, "You Think With the World, Not Just Your Brain," 13 Oct. 2017

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First Known Use of externalization

1803, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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“Externalization.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/externalization. Accessed 3 Mar. 2021.

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