Definition of ritualization in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈzeɪʃ(ə)n/
(also ritualisation)


[mass noun]
1The action or process of ritualizing something.
1.1 Zoology The evolutionary process by which an action or behaviour pattern in an animal loses its original function but is retained for its role in display or other social interaction.
Example sentences
  • The manner in which fragments of motor patterns or autonomic reflexes are transformed into social signals are described in part by the evolutionary process of ritualization.
  • Footdrumming, as with other signals, probably originated by ritualization of older forms of behavior not associated with communication such as running and digging.

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