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- noun psychology A unit of
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As a result, a given acteme, with all of its defining branches illustrated in a drawing, would give the appearance of a genealogical chart or, metaphorically, a Wordtree.
Each acteme listed in the text can theoretically be traced back along its constituent, defining branches until ultimately we arrive at a set of 42 conceptual starting points.
(the Cladistic of the subtitle refers to the branching structure that results from this approach), Burger offers for each of some 20,000 key concept-words or "actemes" a definition in two parts, each of which is itself an acteme at a higher level in the hierarchy.