encouragement

[en-kur-ij-muhnt, -kuhr-]
noun
1.
the act of encouraging.
2.
the state of being encouraged.
3.
something that encourages: Praise is the greatest encouragement.

Origin:
1560–70; encourage + -ment

preencouragement, noun
reencouragement, noun


3. praise, support, boost, lift, endorsement.
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encourage (ɪnˈkʌrɪdʒ)
 
vb
1.  to inspire (someone) with the courage or confidence (to do something)
2.  to stimulate (something or someone to do something) by approval or help; support
 
en'couragement
 
n
 
en'courager
 
n
 
en'couraging
 
adj
 
en'couragingly
 
adv

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encouragement
1560s, from encourage + -ment.
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Example sentences
Any support and encouragement you can get will make it all the more likely that
  kids will get to play.
In addition, private counseling and group therapy provide campers with
  encouragement and support.
He never once offered me constructive criticism, advice, or encouragement.
His encouragement of dropping out has prompted plenty of tut-tutting by people
  who regard him as irresponsible.
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