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fulfillment

or fulfilment

[foo l-fil-muh nt] /fʊlˈfɪl mənt/
noun
1.
the act or state of fulfilling:
to witness the fulfillment of a dream; to achieve fulfillment of one's hopes.
2.
the state or quality of being fulfilled; completion; realization:
a vague plan that had no hope of fulfillment.
3.
the process or business of handling and executing customer orders, as packing, shipping, or processing checks.
Origin of fulfillment
1765-1775
First recorded in 1765-75; fulfill + -ment
Related forms
prefulfillment, noun
superfulfillment, noun
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  • Nor then indeed; for this is the fulfilment of what was then but a golden promise.

  • The signs of the times now warrant the hope of its fulfilment.

  • She dared not tell him her destination; secresy was essential to the fulfilment of her purpose.

    Henry Dunbar M. E. Braddon
  • O month whose promise and fulfilment blend, And burst in one!

    A Calendar of Sonnets Helen Hunt Jackson
  • His quickness of movement was no longer a fight against, but a fulfilment of desire.

    A Spirit in Prison Robert Hichens
  • Fecundity is the end he proposes, and he rewards with intoxicating delights those who contribute to the fulfilment of his designs.

    The Secret Memoirs of Louis XV./XVI, Complete Madame du Hausset, an "Unknown English Girl" and the Princess Lamballe
  • This hope comforted us; and we prayed definitely for its fulfilment, and it was fulfilled.

    Lotus Buds

    Amy Carmichael
  • They may delay the fulfilment of such purpose; but India can afford to wait.

    Lotus Buds

    Amy Carmichael
  • John himself had delayed its fulfilment from one trivial cause after another.

    The Christian Hall Caine
Word Origin and History for fulfilment

fulfillment

n.

1775, from fulfill + -ment.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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