recommendation

[rek-uh-men-dey-shuhn, -muhn-]
noun
1.
an act of recommending.
2.
a letter or the like recommending a person or thing.
3.
representation in favor of a person or thing.
4.
anything that serves to recommend a person or thing, or induce acceptance or favor.

Origin:
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.
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recommendation (ˌrɛkəmɛnˈdeɪʃən)
 
n
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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recommendation
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
We have recommendations for appliances, products and new behaviors.
Other outfitters are also available, as is a selection of book recommendations.
The committee should never leave to others the responsibility of preparing
  resolutions to carry out their recommendations.
The convention that the majority of males shall decide public questions has
  obviously great recommendations.
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