Definition of sublate in English:



[WITH OBJECT]Philosophy
  • Assimilate (a smaller entity) into a larger one.

    ‘fragmented aspects of the self the subject is unable to sublate’
    • ‘For if Geras was not to sublate the realm of the social entirely to nature, he had to leave room for a nominally separate society which was underpinned by both external and human nature.’
    • ‘The overt sexual content has not been sublated by form or symbolism.’
    • ‘In Middle Passage slavery can be thought of as an ontic wound, and all moral judgment is sublated because of a general deconstruction of values in the face of the universal condition of man.’
    • ‘It affirmed what Stanley calls ‘the ontology of objective nature’ at the expense of a worldview sublating nature to Spirit.’
    • ‘In short, capital is the subject of production, producing above all itself, while labour is negatively posited as its sublated foundation.’


Mid 16th century (in the sense ‘to remove, take away’): from Latin sublat- taken away, from sub- from below + lat- (from the stem of tollere take away).