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1. The modification of the culture of a group or individual as a result of contact with a different culture.
2. The process by which the culture of a particular society is instilled in a human from infancy onward.

ac·cul′tur·a′tion·al adj.
ac·cul′tur·a′tive adj.


(əˌkʌl tʃəˈreɪ ʃən)

1. the process of adopting the cultural traits or social patterns of another group, esp. a dominant one.
2. a restructuring or blending of cultures resulting from this.
[1875–80, Amer.]
ac•cul`tur•a′tion•al, adj.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.acculturation - the adoption of the behavior patterns of the surrounding culture; "the socialization of children to the norms of their culture"
social control - control exerted (actively or passively) by group action
cultivation - socialization through training and education to develop one's mind or manners; "her cultivation was remarkable"
bringing up, fosterage, fostering, nurture, rearing, upbringing, breeding, raising - helping someone grow up to be an accepted member of the community; "they debated whether nature or nurture was more important"
2.acculturation - all the knowledge and values shared by a society
cognitive content, mental object, content - the sum or range of what has been perceived, discovered, or learned
meme - a cultural unit (an idea or value or pattern of behavior) that is passed from one person to another by non-genetic means (as by imitation); "memes are the cultural counterpart of genes"
3.acculturation - the process of assimilating new ideas into an existing cognitive structureacculturation - the process of assimilating new ideas into an existing cognitive structure
education - the gradual process of acquiring knowledge; "education is a preparation for life"; "a girl's education was less important than a boy's"


[əˌkʌltʃəˈreɪʃən] N (frm) → aculturación f


n (Sociol) → Akkulturation f
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