Etymology
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classification (n.)

1772, "action of classifying, act of forming a class or dividing into classes," noun of action from Latin stem of classify, or from French classification. Meaning "result of classifying" is from 1789.

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Definitions of classification

classification (n.)
the act of distributing things into classes or categories of the same type;
Synonyms: categorization / categorisation / compartmentalization / compartmentalisation / assortment
classification (n.)
a group of people or things arranged by class or category;
Synonyms: categorization / categorisation
classification (n.)
the basic cognitive process of arranging into classes or categories;
Synonyms: categorization / categorisation / sorting
classification (n.)
restriction imposed by the government on documents or weapons that are available only to certain authorized people;
From wordnet.princeton.edu