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Noun: upbringing  'úp,bring-ing
  1. Properties acquired during a person's formative years
  2. Helping someone grow up to be an accepted member of the community
    "they debated whether nature or upbringing was more important";
    - breeding, bringing up, fostering, fosterage, nurture, raising, rearing

Derived forms: upbringings

Type of: acculturation, enculturation, heritage, inheritance, socialisation [Brit], socialization

Encyclopedia: Upbringing