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acculturation

[uh-kuhl-chuh-rey-shuh n] /əˌkʌl tʃəˈreɪ ʃən/
noun
1.
the process of adopting the cultural traits or social patterns of another group.
2.
the result of this process.
Origin of acculturation
1875-1880
1875-80, Americanism; ac- + culture + -ation
Related forms
acculturational, adjective
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n.

"the adoption and assimilation of an alien culture," 1880, from ad- "to" + culture (n.) + -ation.

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acculturation [(uh-kul-chuh-ray-shuhn)]

The learning of the ideas, values, conventions, and behavior that characterize a social group. (See socialization.) Acculturation is also used to describe the results of contact between two or more different cultures; a new, composite culture emerges, in which some existing cultural features are combined, some are lost, and new features are generated. Usually one culture is dominant (as in the case of colonization).

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