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reification

Noun

1 regarding something abstract as a material thing [syn: hypostatization, hypostatisation]
2 representing a human being as a physical thing deprived of personal qualities or individuality; "according to Marx, treating labor as a commodity exemplified the reification of the individual" [syn: depersonalization, depersonalisation]

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English

Etymology

From re- and facere.

Noun

  1. The consideration of an abstract thing as if it were concrete, or of an inanimate object as if it were living.

Translations

the consideration of an abstract thing as if it were concrete, or of an inanimate object as if it were living

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Extensive Definition

Reification may refer to:
  • Reification (linguistics) in natural language processing, where a natural language statement is transformed so actions and events in it become quantifiable variables
  • Reification (Marxism) (German: Verdinglichung), the consideration of an abstraction or an object as if it had living existence and abilities; at the same time it implies the thingification of social relations
  • Reification (statistics), the consideration of a `perfect' model which is used to make inferences connecting (imperfect) model results with experimental observations
reification in German: Reifikation
reification in French: Réification
reification in Ido: Agajo
reification in Hebrew: חיפצון
reification in Polish: Reifikacja
reification in Finnish: Esineellistäminen
reification in Urdu: تجسد
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