self-cultivation

cultivation

[kuhl-tuh-vey-shuhn]
noun
1.
the act or art of cultivating.
2.
the state of being cultivated.
3.
culture; refinement.

Origin:
1690–1700; cultivate + -ion

noncultivation, noun
overcultivation, noun
precultivation, noun
recultivation, noun
self-cultivation, noun
uncultivation, noun


3. gentility, breeding, taste.
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cultivation (ˌkʌltɪˈveɪʃən)
 
n
1.  agriculture
 a.  the planting, tending, improving, or harvesting of crops or plants
 b.  the preparation of ground to promote their growth
2.  development, esp through education, training, etc
3.  culture or sophistication, esp social refinement

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cultivation
c.1700, of knowledge, etc., a figurative use, from Fr. cultivation (16c.), noun of action from cultiver, from L. cultivare "to till" (see cultivate). Meaning "raising of a plant or crop" is from 1719; literal sense of "tilling of the land" is from 1725.
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cultivation cul·ti·va·tion (kŭl'tə-vā'shən)
n.
The process of promoting the growth of a biological culture.


cul'ti·vate' v.
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