liminality

liminality

[lim-uh-nal-i-tee]
noun Anthropology.
the transitional period or phase of a rite of passage, during which the participant lacks social status or rank, remains anonymous, shows obedience and humility, and follows prescribed forms of conduct, dress, etc.

Origin:
< Latin līmin- (stem of līmen) threshold + -al1 + -ity

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Main Entry:  liminality
Part of Speech:  n
Definition:  the condition of being on a threshold or at the beginning of a process
Etymology:  Latin limen 'threshold'
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