(countable and uncountable, plural liminalities)
- (anthropology, philosophy, sociology, psychology) The state or quality of ambiguity which exists in the middle stage of certain events or rituals (such as a rite of passage or a society-wide revolution), during which the participating individual or group no longer holds its pre-ritual status but has not yet attained the status it will hold when the ritual has been completed.
Variant of liminal
- Physiol., Psychol. of or at the limen, or threshold
- at a boundary or transitional point between two conditions, stages in a process, ways of life, etc.