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Definition of the noun acquaintance

What does acquaintance mean as a name of something?

noun - plural: acquaintances

  1. personal knowledge or information about someone or something
  2. a relationship less intimate than friendship
    • lexical domain: States - nouns denoting stable states of affairs
    • synonym of acquaintance: acquaintanceship
    • more generic word: relationship = a state involving mutual dealings between people or parties or countries
  3. a person with whom you are acquainted

Alternative definition of the noun acquaintance


  1. [uncountable] A state of being acquainted, or of having intimate, or more than slight or superficial, knowledge; personal knowledge gained by intercourse short of that of friendship or intimacy
  2. [countable] A person or persons with whom one is acquainted.


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acquaintance: Identifies a social relationship between the person described and another person.

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Google previewThe Structure of Perceptual Experience (2015)

by James Stazicker

For Russell, acquaintance is a relation between a person and an object. Representation is a relation between a person and a proposition that is composed of more than one object. Someone wishing to defend Byrne's position could argue that ...

Google previewJustification Without Awareness (2006)

A Defense of Epistemic Externalism by Michael Bergmann

Acquaintance is a sui generis relation that holds between a self and a thing, property or fact. To be acquainted with a fact is not by itself to have any kind of propositional knowledge or justified belief...

Google preview4th Text Retrieval Conference (1998)

by Harmen

Meade, MD 20755-6000 Acquaintance is the name of a novel vector-space n-gram technique for categorizing documents. The technique is completely language-independent, highly ...

Google previewKnowledge and Reality (2006)

Essays in Honor of Alvin Plantinga by Thomas M. Crisp, Matthew Davidson, David Vander Laan

Acquaintance is a sui generis relation that holds between a self and a thing, property or fact. To be acquainted with a fact is not by itself to have any kind of propositional knowledge or justified belief...

Google previewOverview of the Third Text REtrieval Conference (TREC-3) (1995)

by Donna K. Harman

Meade, MD 20755-6000 Acquaintance is the name of a novel vector-space n- gram technique for categorizing documents. The technique is completely language ...

Google previewVirtue Epistemology Naturalized (2014)

Bridges Between Virtue Epistemology and Philosophy of Science by Abrol Fairweather

Acquaintance is an extensional notion, whereas what we need is an intensional one, that is, we need a notion that is sensitive not only to the degree of acquaintance of the object of curiosity, but also to what concept you represent that object in ...

Google previewLanguages of Intentionality (2012)

A Dialogue Between Two Traditions on Consciousness by Paul S. MacDonald

Acquaintance is an indexical intentional relation, that is . . . to an object in the subject's presence, or in contextual ...

Google previewSynonyms Discriminated (1889)

A Dictionary of Synonymous Words in the English Language, Illustrated with Quotations from Standard Writers by Charles John Smith

Acquaintance is that slight knowledge of another person which springs from occasional intercourse.

Google previewHemingway and Pound (2014)

A Most Unlikely Friendship by John Cohassey

Pound once wrote: “A new acquaintance is an experiment, a new friend a peril. The acquisition of either means a derangement of one's system oflife.It means rearranging one's time to admit the intruder.” Showing up at Pound's Paris ...

Google previewThe SAGE Encyclopedia of Psychology and Gender (2017)

by Kevin L. Nadal

Acquaintance rape refers to forced sexual penetration or oral sex that occurs between individuals who know each other (as...

As a broad definition, acquaintance rape may include individuals who are married or involved in a domestic ...

Google previewEncyclopedia of Human Relationships (2009)

by Harry T. Reis, Susan Sprecher

Certain commonalities, however, make up what is known about the path of acquaintanceship. The acquaintance process describes the initial conditions at work when ...

Google previewEncyclopedia of Criminal Justice Ethics (2014)

by Bruce A. Arrigo

Acquaintance rape is typically defined as nonconsensual sex betweenadults whoknoweach other(this includes anyonewhois nota stranger to the victim). Others consider daterape as onlyone form ofacquaintance rape. These definitions of ...

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Quotes about Acquaintance

Honest criticism is hard to take, particularly from a relative, a friend, an acquaintance, or a stranger. (Franklin P. Jones)
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Scrabble value of A1C3Q10U1A1I1N1T1A1N1C3E1

The value of this 12-letter word is 25 points. It is included in the first and second editions of the Official Scrabble Players Dictionary.

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