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  2  definitions  found 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Encouragement  \En*cour"age*ment\,  n.  [Cf.  F.  encouragement.] 
  1.  The  act  of  encouraging;  incitement  to  action  or  to 
  practice;  as  the  encouragement  of  youth  in  generosity. 
 
  All  generous  encouragement  of  arts.  --Otway. 
 
  2.  That  which  serves  to  incite,  support,  promote,  or  advance, 
  as  favor,  countenance,  reward,  etc.;  incentive;  increase 
  of  confidence;  as  the  fine  arts  find  little  encouragement 
  among  a  rude  people. 
 
  To  think  of  his  paternal  care  Is  a  most  sweet 
  encouragement  to  prayer.  --Byron. 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  encouragement 
  n  1:  the  expression  of  approval  and  support  [ant:  {discouragement}] 
  2:  the  act  of  giving  hope  or  support  to  someone  [syn:  {boost}] 
  3:  the  feeling  of  being  encouraged 




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