One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1The action or an act of "centre"; the property or fact of being centred.
2Psychology. In children at an early stage of cognitive development: the tendency to focus attention exclusively on a single salient feature of an object or situation, and neglect other relevant features; an instance of this.
Mid 17th century; earliest use found in Henry More (1614–1687), philosopher, poet, and theologian. Apparently from centre + -ation.
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