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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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