[eg-zawr-tey-shuhn, ek-sawr-]
the act or process of exhorting.
an utterance, discourse, or address conveying urgent advice or recommendations.

1350–1400; Middle English exhortacioun < Latin exhortātiōn- (stem of exhortātiō) a pleading, urging. See exhortative, -ion

nonexhortation, noun

1, 2. See advice.
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exhortation (ˌɛɡzɔːˈteɪʃən)
1.  the act or process of exhorting
2.  a speech or written passage intended to persuade, inspire, or encourage

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Word Origin & History

late 14c., from L. exhortationem, noun of action from exhortari, from ex- "thoroughly" + hortari "encourage, urge" (see hortatory).
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Example sentences
It was more an exhortation than an observation.
Greater co-ordination and exhortation may help.
It's an exhortation with historic roots.
His tone was rough but almost wistful; he had turned his old exhortation into
  an autumnal waltz.
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