the act of furthering; promotion; advancement.

1400–50; late Middle English fortheraunce. See further, -ance

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furtherance (ˈfɜːðərəns)
1.  the act of furthering; advancement
2.  something that furthers or advances

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mid-15c., from further + -ance.
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Example sentences
They were merely particularly potent believers in violence in the furtherance
  of an idealistic, millenarian vision.
They fight for the protection of their interests and the furtherance of their
And bravery is only a virtue if it's in furtherance of a good.
Should such proficiency and understanding foster the furtherance toward later
  pragmatic gains, that is well and good.
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