[en-kur-ij-muhnt, -kuhr-]


the act of encouraging.
the state of being encouraged.
something that encourages: Praise is the greatest encouragement.

Origin of encouragement

First recorded in 1560–70; encourage + -ment
Related formspre·en·cour·age·ment, nounre·en·cour·age·ment, noun

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Word Origin and History for encouragement

1560s, from encourage + -ment, or from Middle French encoragement.

As a general rule, Providence seldom vouchsafes to mortals any more than just that degree of encouragement which suffices to keep them at a reasonably full exertion of their powers. [Hawthorne, "House of Seven Gables"]
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