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cultivation

[kuhl-tuh-vey-shuh n] /ˌkʌl təˈveɪ ʃən/
noun
1.
the act or art of cultivating.
2.
the state of being cultivated.
3.
culture; refinement.
Origin
1690-1700
1690-1700; cultivate + -ion
Related forms
noncultivation, noun
overcultivation, noun
precultivation, noun
recultivation, noun
self-cultivation, noun
uncultivation, noun
Synonyms
3. gentility, breeding, taste.
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British Dictionary definitions for self-cultivation

cultivation

/ˌkʌltɪˈveɪʃən/
noun
1.
(agriculture)
  1. the planting, tending, improving, or harvesting of crops or plants
  2. 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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Word Origin and History for self-cultivation

cultivation

n.

c.1700, of knowledge, etc., a figurative use, from French cultivation (16c.), noun of action from cultiver, from Latin 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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self-cultivation in Medicine

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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