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Meaning of liminality

lim•i•nal•i•ty

Pronunciation: (lim"u-nal'i-tē), [key]
— n. Anthropol.
  1. the transitional period or phase of a rite of passage, during which the participant lacks social status or rank, remains anonymous, shows obedience and humility, and follows prescribed forms of conduct, dress, etc.
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