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encouragement

[en-kur-ij-muh nt, -kuhr-] /ɛnˈkɜr ɪdʒ mənt, -ˈkʌr-/
noun
1.
the act of encouraging.
2.
the state of being encouraged.
3.
something that encourages:
Praise is the greatest encouragement.
Origin of encouragement
1560-1570
1560-70; encourage + -ment
Related forms
preencouragement, noun
reencouragement, noun
Synonyms
3. praise, support, boost, lift, endorsement.
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n.

1560s, from encourage + -ment, or from Middle French encoragement.

As a general rule, Providence seldom vouchsafes to mortals any more than just that degree of encouragement which suffices to keep them at a reasonably full exertion of their powers. [Hawthorne, "House of Seven Gables"]

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