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[ig-zur-si-tey-shuh n]
  1. exercise or exertion, as of the faculties or powers of the body or mind: an exercitation of the imagination.
  2. practice or training: exercitations in logical thinking.
  3. the performance of a religious observance; an act of worship.
  4. a disquisition or discourse performed as a display of skill.
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Origin of exercitation

1325–75; Middle English exercitacioun < Latin exercitātiōn- (stem of exercitātiō) exercise, practice, equivalent to exercitāt(us) (past participle of exercitāre, to exercise, frequentative of exercēre; see exercise) + -iōn- -ion
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Historical Examples

  • Those who learn by "use and exercitation," on the other hand, acquire languages more quickly and with better results.

    The Teaching and Cultivation of the French Language in England during Tudor and Stuart Times

    Kathleen Lambley

British Dictionary definitions for exercitation


  1. a rare word for exercise
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Word Origin

C14: from Latin exercitātiō, from exercitāre frequentative of exercēre to exercise
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