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Basically, does the term mean that the character is developing or that the "character of the character" is developing?

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  • Could you be more realistic, please? From the title, I was about to say either or both, depending on the circumstances. From your “explanation” less is clear. ‘does the term mean that the character is developing or that the "character of the character” is developing’ broadly disappears up its own definition, don’t you think? Could you please demonstrate a use of “character” in “character development” where at least the context, if not the specific wording, made it wholly obvious whether you meant the development of a fictional character or of the psychological qualities of someone? Apr 7, 2018 at 22:49

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It refers to the development of a fictional character.

In the latter sense, 'character building' would probably be used instead.

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  • It seems to me it could be either.
    – Xanne
    Mar 26, 2018 at 2:58
  • I agree. I meant that conventionally if I heard 'character development' I would think of the first meaning. If I heard 'character building' I would think of the second.
    – tjp
    Mar 26, 2018 at 3:10
  • So why don't you put that in the answer?
    – Xanne
    Mar 26, 2018 at 7:17

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