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[pruh-moh-shuh n] /prəˈmoʊ ʃən/
advancement in rank or position.
furtherance or encouragement.
the act of promoting.
the state of being promoted.
something devised to publicize or advertise a product, cause, institution, etc., as a brochure, free sample, poster, television or radio commercial, or personal appearance.
Also called queening. Chess. the replacement of a pawn that has reached the enemy's first rank by a more powerful piece of the same color, usually a queen.
Origin of promotion
late Middle English
1400-50; late Middle English < Late Latin prōmōtiōn- (stem of prōmōtiō). See promote, -ion
Related forms
promotional, adjective
nonpromotion, noun
prepromotion, noun
self-promotion, noun
unpromotional, adjective Unabridged
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Examples from the web for promotional
  • For one thing, she declined to sign the standard contract that committed winners to a series of promotional appearances.
  • The promotional hoopla about self-sterilizing plastics brings to mind similar excitement about antibiotics.
  • For clarity, any promotional use requires the execution of personal releases.
  • Guests will receive a special promotional code that can be used when purchasing tickets online, by phone or at the museum.
  • We've changed presidents, and that image has been noticeably lacking on our promotional materials lately.
  • They are trying to turn the need for rebranding into a promotional opportunity.
  • Any promotional activity could be perceived as self serving or could be perceived as promoting opportunity.
  • The shirts are an advertising or promotional vehicle for some business.
  • Applications may include enhanced product information, promotional games or contests, or even instructions for use.
  • It's ill-advised to pay too much attention to a network's promotional gambits, except as object lessons in what not to do.
Word Origin and History for promotional

1869, "relating to promotion or advancement," from promotion + -al (1). From 1902 as "relating to advertising."



c.1400, "advancement in rank or position," from Old French promocion "election, promotion" (14c., Modern French promotion) and directly from Latin promotionem (nominative promotio) "a moving forward," noun of action from past participle stem of promovere (see promote). Meaning "advertising, publicity" first recorded 1925.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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promotional in Medicine

promotion pro·mo·tion (prə-mō'shən)
The stimulation of the progress or growth of a tumor following initiation by a promoter.

The American Heritage® Stedman's Medical Dictionary
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mexican promotion

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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