classification

Classification is the process of putting something into a category. Classification of all your clothes by color may make it easier for you to put together an outfit, especially if you favor a monochrome look.

Classification involves putting things into a class or group according to particular characteristics so it’s easier to make sense of them, whether you’re organizing your shoes, your stock portfolio, or a group of invertebrates. If you’re an international spy, you might know that classification also can mean a government’s system for keeping secrets. If you have a high level of security classification, then you know really top secret stuff.

Primary Meanings of classification

1.
n
the basic cognitive process of arranging into classes or categories
2.
n
restriction imposed by the government on documents or weapons that are available only to certain authorized people
Full Definitions of classification
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n the basic cognitive process of arranging into classes or categories

Synonyms:
categorisation, categorization, sorting
Types:
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coordination
being of coordinate importance, rank, or degree
appraisal, assessment
the classification of someone or something with respect to its worth
ascription, attribution
assigning to a cause or source
ascription, attribution
assigning some quality or character to a person or thing
cross-classification, cross-division
classification according to more than one attribute at the same time
subsumption
incorporating something under a more general category
critical analysis, critical appraisal
an appraisal based on careful analytical evaluation
zoomorphism
the attribution of animal forms or qualities to a god
animatism
the attribution of consciousness and personality to natural phenomena such as thunderstorms and earthquakes and to objects such as plants and stones
imputation
the attribution to a source or cause
externalisation, externalization
attributing to outside causes
evaluation, rating, valuation
an appraisal of the value of something
assay, check
an appraisal of the state of affairs
acid test
a rigorous or crucial appraisal
reappraisal, reassessment, revaluation, review
a new appraisal or evaluation
underevaluation
an appraisal that underestimates the value of something
Type of:
basic cognitive process
cognitive processes involved in obtaining and storing knowledge

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

Synonyms:
assortment, categorisation, categorization, compartmentalisation, compartmentalization
Types:
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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
Type of:
grouping
the activity of putting things together in groups

n a group of people or things arranged by class or category

Synonyms:
categorisation, categorization
Types:
dichotomy, duality
being twofold; a classification into two opposed parts or subclasses
trichotomy
being threefold; a classification into three parts or subclasses
Type of:
arrangement
an orderly grouping (of things or persons) considered as a unit; the result of arranging
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n restriction imposed by the government on documents or weapons that are available only to certain authorized people

Antonyms:
declassification
reduction or removal by the government of restrictions on a classified document or weapon
Type of:
confinement, restriction
the act of keeping something within specified bounds (by force if necessary)

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