sub·​sump·​tion səb-ˈsəm(p)-shən How to pronounce subsumption (audio)
: the act or process of subsuming

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web Not unlike visionaries and mystics, martyrs and saints, the narrator finds a path to liberation through self-erasure or subsumption in sublime experience. Saidiya Hartman, The New Yorker, 3 Mar. 2023 Buffalo Boy is both a lampooning and subsumption of the cowboy myth, recalibrating frontier notions of manhood. New York Times, 17 Feb. 2022 Such a prospect—that relation will tip over into identity, and then subsumption—sends shock waves of pleasure and terror through much of Bechdel’s work. Katy Waldman, The New Yorker, 3 May 2021

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Word History


New Latin subsumption-, subsumptio, from subsumere

First Known Use

1652, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of subsumption was in 1652

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Cite this Entry

“Subsumption.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 6 Jun. 2023.

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