Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. The evolutionary process leading to the development of human characteristics that distinguish hominids from other primates.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. the process of becoming like a human
  • n. the beginning of human life, or of a deity's life in human form

Etymologies

Latin homō, homin-, man; see homo1 + -ization.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Latin homo, "human being," plus -ization. (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • St. Anselm of Canterbury gave the most forceful statement in favor of the delayed hominization thesis: "No human intellect accepts the view that an infant has the rational soul from the moment of conception."

    RELIGION Blog | dallasnews.com

  • This theory of "delayed hominization" is the most consistent thread throughout church history on abortion.

    Archive 2009-06-01

  • St. Augustine and St. Thomas Aquinas both held that hominization, or the coming into being of the human, occurs only gradually.

    Epigenesis and Preformationism

  • And if you're interested in hominization, i.e., how we became human, you'd write pf rather than antebellum bodice rippers or poignant sagas about gender-conflicted vampires.

    National Review Online

  • This also happened for humankind - along the paleoanthropological process of [[hominization]] - in accordance with its ecological and, possibly, its long-term cultural changes.

    Citizendium, the Citizens' Compendium - Recent changes [en]

  • This also happened for humankind - along the paleoanthropological process of hominization - in accordance with its ecological and, possibly, its long-term cultural changes.

    Citizendium, the Citizens' Compendium - Recent changes [en]

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