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[man-uh-fuh-stey-shuh n, -fe-] /ˌmæn ə fəˈsteɪ ʃən, -fɛ-/
an act of manifesting.
the state of being manifested.
outward or perceptible indication; materialization:
At first there was no manifestation of the disease.
a public demonstration, as for political effect.
Spiritualism. a materialization.
late Middle English
1375-1425; late Middle English < Late Latin manifestātiōn- (stem of manifestātiō). See manifest, -ation
Related forms
nonmanifestation, noun
premanifestation, noun
remanifestation, noun
self-manifestation, noun Unabridged
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  • Clearly these verbal manifestations may well be seen as a mockery of current art criticism.
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  • To be conscious was to celebrate the self, to cast blackness in all its manifestations as a blessing.
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  • Some of the more counterproductive manifestations of this revolution-in-waiting can be reversed overnight.
British Dictionary definitions for manifestations


the act of demonstrating; display: a manifestation of solidarity
the state of being manifested
an indication or sign
a public demonstration of feeling
the materialization of a disembodied spirit
Derived Forms
manifestational, adjective
manifestative, adjective
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Word Origin and History for manifestations



early 15c., "action of manifesting; exhibition, demonstration," from Late Latin manifestationem (nominative manifestatio), noun of action from past participle stem of Latin manifestare (see manifest (adj.)). Meaning "an object, action, or presence by which something is made manifest" is from 1785. The spiritualism sense is attested from 1853.

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manifestations in Medicine

manifestation man·i·fes·ta·tion (mān'ə-fě-stā'shən)
An indication of the existence, reality, or presence of something, especially an illness.

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