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CLASSIFICATION

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does classification mean? 

CLASSIFICATION (noun)
  The noun CLASSIFICATION has 4 senses:

1. the act of distributing things into classes or categories of the same type
2. a group of people or things arranged by class or category
3. the basic cognitive process of arranging into classes or categories
4. restriction imposed by the government on documents or weapons that are available only to certain authorized people

  Familiarity information: CLASSIFICATION used as a noun is uncommon.


 Dictionary entry details 


CLASSIFICATION (noun)


Sense 1classification [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

The act of distributing things into classes or categories of the same type

Classified under:

Nouns denoting acts or actions

Synonyms:

classification; assortment; compartmentalisation; compartmentalization; categorisation; categorization

Hypernyms ("classification" is a kind of...):

grouping (the activity of putting things together in groups)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "classification"):

indexing (the act of classifying and providing an index in order to make items easier to retrieve)

reclassification (classifying something again (usually in a new category))

relegation (the act of assigning (someone or something) to a particular class or category)

stratification (the act or process or arranging persons into classes or social strata)

taxonomy (practice of classifying plants and animals according to their presumed natural relationships)

typology (classification according to general type)


Sense 2classification [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

A group of people or things arranged by class or category

Classified under:

Nouns denoting groupings of people or objects

Synonyms:

categorisation; categorization; classification

Hypernyms ("classification" is a kind of...):

arrangement (an orderly grouping (of things or persons) considered as a unit; the result of arranging)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "classification"):

dichotomy; duality (being twofold; a classification into two opposed parts or subclasses)

trichotomy (being threefold; a classification into three parts or subclasses)


Sense 3classification [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

The basic cognitive process of arranging into classes or categories

Classified under:

Nouns denoting cognitive processes and contents

Synonyms:

sorting; categorization; categorisation; classification

Hypernyms ("classification" is a kind of...):

basic cognitive process (cognitive processes involved in obtaining and storing knowledge)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "classification"):

subsumption (incorporating something under a more general category)

cross-classification; cross-division (classification according to more than one attribute at the same time)

ascription; attribution (assigning some quality or character to a person or thing)

ascription; attribution (assigning to a cause or source)

appraisal; assessment (the classification of someone or something with respect to its worth)


Sense 4classification [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Restriction imposed by the government on documents or weapons that are available only to certain authorized people

Classified under:

Nouns denoting acts or actions

Hypernyms ("classification" is a kind of...):

restriction (the act of keeping something within specified bounds (by force if necessary))

Antonym:

declassification (reduction or removal by the government of restrictions on a classified document or weapon)


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