[rek-uh-men-dey-shuhn, -muhn-]
an act of recommending.
a letter or the like recommending a person or thing.
representation in favor of a person or thing.
anything that serves to recommend a person or thing, or induce acceptance or favor.

1400–50; late Middle English recommendacion < Medieval Latin recommendātiōn- (stem of recommendātiō), equivalent to recommendāt(us) (past participle of recommendāre to recommend; see -ate1) + -iōn- -ion

prerecommendation, noun

1. See advice. Unabridged
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recommendation (ˌrɛkəmɛnˈdeɪʃən)
1.  the act of recommending
2.  something that recommends, esp a letter presenting someone as suitable for a job, etc
3.  something that is recommended, such as a course of action

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Word Origin & History

mid-15c., from O.Fr. recommendation (Mod.Fr. recommandation), from M.L. recommendationem, noun of action from recommendare (see recommend). Letter of recommendation is from late 15c.
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Example sentences
Strange they have found a cause with no recommendation to fix the problem.
He taught me a lot and he provided me with excellent recommendation letters.
The reasoning behind the recommendation is that natural colors often reflect
  what nutrients a food contains.
First, several members have to write letters of recommendation on your behalf.
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