[eyl-yuh-ney-shuhn, ey-lee-uh-]
the act of alienating.
the state of being alienated.
Law. a transfer of the title to property by one person to another; conveyance.
the state of being withdrawn or isolated from the objective world, as through indifference or disaffection.
Statistics. the lack of correlation in the variation of two measurable variates over a population.

1350–1400; Middle English < Latin aliēnātiōn- (stem of aliēnātiō), equivalent to aliēnāt(us) (see alienate) + -iōn- -ion

alienative, adjective
nonalienation, noun
realienation, noun Unabridged
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alienation (ˌeɪljəˈneɪʃən, ˌeɪlɪə-)
1.  a turning away; estrangement
2.  the state of being an outsider or the feeling of being isolated, as from society
3.  psychiatry a state in which a person's feelings are inhibited so that eventually both the self and the external world seem unreal
4.  law
 a.  the transfer of property, as by conveyance or will, into the ownership of another
 b.  the right of an owner to dispose of his property

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Word Origin & History

"transfer of ownership," late 14c., from M.Fr. alienacion, from L. alienationem (nom. alienatio), noun of action from alienare (see alienate). It also meant "loss or derangement of mental faculties, insanity" (late 15c.), hence alienist. Phrase
alienation of affection as a U.S. legal term in divorce cases for "falling in love with someone else" dates to 1861.
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alienation al·ien·a·tion (āl'yə-nā'shən, ā'lē-ə-)
A state of estrangement between the self and the objective world or between different parts of the personality.

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alienation [(ay-lee-uh-nay-shuhn)]

A feeling of separation or isolation. In social science, alienation is associated with the problems caused by rapid social change, such as industrialization and urbanization (see Industrial Revolution), which has broken down traditional relationships among individuals and groups and the goods and services they produce.

Note: Alienation is most often associated with minorities, the poor, the unemployed, and other groups who have limited power to bring about changes in society.
Note: Marxism holds that workers in capitalist nations are alienated because they have no claim to ownership of the products they make.
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