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 (rē′ə-fī′, rā′-)
tr.v. re·i·fied, re·i·fy·ing, re·i·fies
To regard or treat (an abstraction) as if it had concrete or material existence.

[Latin rēs, rē-, thing; see rē- in Indo-European roots + -fy.]

re′i·fi·ca′tion (-fĭ-kā′shən) n.
re′i·fi′er n.


the conversion of an abstract concept into something concrete; a viewing of the abstract as concrete.
See also: Thinking
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.reification - regarding something abstract as a material thing
objectification - the act of representing an abstraction as a physical thing
2.reification - representing a human being as a physical thing deprived of personal qualities or individuality; "according to Marx, treating labor as a commodity exemplified the reification of the individual"
objectification - the act of representing an abstraction as a physical thing


[ˌriːɪfɪˈkeɪʃən] Ncosificación f
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However, articles of agreement of the above-mentioned company is awaiting reification by Turkey while Pakistan and Iran have already done the needful at their ends.
She discusses how myths and stories of marriage in the Sikasso region illustrate its role in maintaining political community stability and ideas of just behavior; gender justice during the period of 1905 to 1912, when women could divorce husbands, break the bonds of slavery, and make claims against patriarchal authority; the subsequent period, when marriage involved the identification and reification of the African family unit and a focus on patriarchal authority; generational differences regarding marriage and patriarchal authority in the 1930s, and the passing of the Mandel Decree to establish minimum ages of consent for women and men; domestic violence; and the limits and possibilities of marriage as an aspect of state-making in the 1950s to independence.
This view involves reification of human phenomena, conceiving of living reality as if it consisted of "things," so that moral universality becomes one thing, A, and history another, B.
The idea that all living things are random points of arrestation, as it were, in a blind mechanism of physical occurrences, governed by pragmatic advantages, is already an expression of a Cartesian objectification of living things, a reification of Nature, which was to be the prelude and the corollary of the reification of the Person.
To appreciate how Article 3 functions as a title system, it is necessary to consider a key feature of negotiable instruments: under the doctrine of merger, the instrument is the reification of the payment obligation.
He also seeks to avoid the reification of religion in the analysis of Middle Eastern politics, arguing that politics has shaped religion as much or more than religion has shaped politics.
This essay argues that Edward Said's work was deeply shaped by Georg Lukacs's theory of reification and totality, as set out in History and Class Consciousness, and also molded by a reinflection of Lukacs's thinking through the work of Antonio Gramsci.
Connections both to the historical and to Conceptual art will emphasize the late artist's use of diverse strategies, from travesty to debasement and humor, to savagely critique the body's reification in art.
Hopefully, this research will contribute to a heightened awareness of how we talk about group-based phenomena, who we might be singling out by explaining certain groups more than others, and how this might inadvertently contribute to the maintenance and reification of social inequalities," Bruckmuller said.
It is as if the ineluctable problems of social existence that have long been conceptualized in terms of mystification (Marx), reification (Lukacs), second nature (Adorno), and habitus (Bourdieu) --concepts that have been central to historicizing everyday life in the modern world--can now be discarded by the revelation of newly forceful terms.
One need not have an advanced degree in liturgy to know how the pieces of the morning service flow together or that the aleinu seeks a reification of Jewish superiority through divine justification; if one wants to add to (or subtract from) either, one must do so knowingly, respectfully, not willy-nilly but with a vested interest in renewing the deep seated religiosity of the prayer.
As such, it is interesting to examine the work of Csaba Varga, which addresses reification in law, as well as the more recent works of philosopher Axel Honneth, to verify whether reification can be relevant to the study of the insurance contract.