Definition of individuate in English:

Share this entry

individuate

Pronunciation: /ˌindəˈvijo͞oˌāt/

verb

[with object]
Distinguish from others of the same kind; single out: it is easy to individuate and enumerate the significant elements
More example sentences
  • The cloned child would have her uniquely individuating consciousness that would be constitutive of her personal identity.
  • What we have seen in the rite of seeing off is a procedure of individuating the deceased through drawing boundaries.
  • Although every baboon is a distinct, highly individuated self, each seems to exist simultaneously as self-in-community or even as self-in-communion.

Derivatives

individuation

Pronunciation: /ˌindəˌvijəˈwāSH(ə)n/
noun
Example sentences
  • Jung defines individuation as the lifelong process towards ‘the integration of the self’.
  • The hypotheses proposed were derived from a combination of literature on parenting, identity formation, and individuation in the family context.
  • Increased behavioral autonomy facilitates secondary processes such as role exploration, identity formation, and individuation.

Origin

Early 17th century: from medieval Latin individuat- 'singled out', from the verb individuare, from Latin individuus, from in- 'into' + dividuus 'divisible' (from dividere 'to divide').

For editors and proofreaders

Syllabification: in·di·vid·u·ate

Share this entry
 

What do you find interesting about this word or phrase?

Comments that don't adhere to our Community Guidelines may be moderated or removed.