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Saltos de línea: lim|inal
Pronunciación: /ˈlɪmɪn(ə)l

Definición de liminal en inglés:


1Relating to a transitional or initial stage of a process.
Example sentences
  • Through a ritual process, centered upon a liminal stage of revelation and testing, the evangelist shows Jesus' true identity as a holy man, capable of brokering God's patronage on his people.
  • Anthropologists have frequently problematised the exciting, fraught and profoundly liminal stage that human beings traverse between childhood and adulthood.
  • We are in this transitional, liminal phase, of waiting to see what are the appropriate questions to be asking about human possibility and about the human condition.
2Occupying a position at, or on both sides of, a boundary or threshold.
Example sentences
  • Facts about the direction of one's attention occupy a curiously liminal position in respect to the divide between the rational and the non-rational in our psychological lives.
  • They occupy the liminal space between us and other, civilization and barbarism, human and beast, the real and the imaginary, attraction and repulsion.
  • The liminal position between tradition and adaptation has been described by Ralph Ellison as the quintessential American identity.


late 19th century: from Latin limen, limin- 'threshold' + -al.



Pronunciación: /-ˈnalɪti/
Example sentences
  • He gives the example of initiation into adulthood as a period of liminality in Ndembu society, when the norms of everyday life no longer pertain.
  • These barriers, located in the near environment, sometimes unknowingly accepted by us and often tacitly deployed through routine decisions and judgments, persist as a vestige of our liminality…
  • Pertaining to baroque poetics and a major feature of perception is Iago's strategy of liminality, by which he conducts his victim to the door of perception, whether visual or verbal.

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