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1 properties acquired during a person's formative years
2 raising someone to be an accepted member of the community; "they debated whether nature or nurture was more important" [syn: breeding, bringing up, fostering, fosterage, nurture, raising, rearing]

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  1. The traits acquired during one's childhood training
    Through her upbringing, Mildred's father had carefully programmed her to expect very little from life.

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apprenticeship, basic training, breaking, breeding, conditioning, cultivation, development, discipline, drill, drilling, education, exercise, fetching-up, fostering, grooming, housebreaking, improvement, in-service training, manual training, military training, nurture, nurturing, on-the-job training, practice, preparation, raising, readying, rearing, rehearsal, sloyd, training, vocational education, vocational training
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