Answered By: Rachel Willard
Last Updated: May 02, 2017     Views: 1621

Anthropomorphism is a literary term used to describe the action of giving human traits or abilities to nonhuman subjects. When used to describe academic writing, it refers to concerns regarding precision and clarity. 

Example: The study found that elephants were more susceptible to ear infections than mice. (Did the study actually find anything? Or was it the researchers themselves? To be more precise, you might discuss what the researchers found.)


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