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[uh-kuhl-chuh-rey-shuh n] /əˌkʌl tʃəˈreɪ ʃən/
the process of adopting the cultural traits or social patterns of another group.
the result of this process.
1875-80, Americanism; ac- + culture + -ation
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acculturational, adjective Unabridged
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"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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the processes of change in artifacts, customs, and beliefs that result from the contact of two or more cultures. The term is also used to refer to the results of such changes. Two major types of acculturation, incorporation and directed change, may be distinguished on the basis of the conditions under which cultural contact and change take place

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