al·ien·a·tion (āl′yə-nāshən, ā′lē-ə-)
1. The act of alienating or the condition of being alienated; estrangement: Alcoholism often leads to the alienation of family and friends.
2. Psychology See depersonalization.
3. Law The act of transferring property or title to it to another.
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