self-clas·​si·​fi·​ca·​tion ˌself-ˌkla-sə-fə-ˈkā-shən How to pronounce self-classification (audio)
plural self-classifications
: the act or process of identifying oneself as belonging to a particular class or category : the classifying of oneself
a voter's self-classification as Democratic or Republican

Word History

First Known Use

1850, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of self-classification was in 1850

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Cite this Entry

“Self-classification.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 6 Dec. 2023.

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