fa·​cil·​i·​ta·​tion | \ fə-ˌsi-lə-ˈtā-shən How to pronounce facilitation (audio) \

Definition of facilitation

1 : the act of facilitating : the state of being facilitated
2a : the lowering of the threshold for reflex conduction along a particular neural pathway especially from repeated use of that pathway
b : the increasing of the ease or intensity of a response by repeated stimulation

Examples of facilitation in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Including clinical coordination, risk management, and technology facilitation. Branded Content Contributor, Orange County Register, "Alignment Health Offers the Care You Deserve," 6 Nov. 2019 Moreover, the AfCFTA contains a number of trade-enabling provisions that could be used to respond to border smuggling, including provisions to strengthen customs cooperation and trade facilitation. Landry Signé, Quartz Africa, "Nigeria’s Benin border closure is an early warning sign for the African free trade deal’s optimism," 2 Nov. 2019 Most recently, the bank has been under investigation for the facilitation of money laundering in Russia and elsewhere. Michael Forsythe, New York Times, "Inside a Brazen Scheme to Woo China: Gifts, Golf and a $4,254 Wine," 14 Oct. 2019 Sherra Wright pleaded guilty last month to facilitation of first-degree murder. Nathan Fenno, Los Angeles Times, "Trial delayed in killing of former Clippers player Lorenzen Wright," 22 Aug. 2019 Daily briefings by the government at Srinagar’s media facilitation centre have become the only source of information about the situation for the people, in addition to some skeletal reporting by some television channels. Riyaz Wani, Quartz India, "After three weeks of lockdown, this is what Kashmir looks like," 22 Aug. 2019 Maine Agriculture Commissioner Amanda Beal is asking the U.S. Department of Agriculture for help via its market facilitation program. USA TODAY, "Crystal Cathedral reborn Catholic, 'Conjuring' house, Wiki ‘editathon’: News from around our 50 states," 11 July 2019 Illinois received the largest share of the market facilitation payments, totaling $1.1 billion through April, followed by Iowa, which received $979 million, and Minnesota, which received $676 million. Mike Dorning, Fortune, "Most of Trump’s Trade Aid Went to Just a Few of the Biggest Farms, Study Finds," 30 July 2019 Sherra Wright Robinson pleaded guilty to facilitation of first-degree murder. CBS News, "Lorenzen Wright death: Surprise plea deal latest twist in the case of slain NBA star," 27 July 2019

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First Known Use of facilitation

1620, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for facilitation

facilit(ate) + -ation; in sense 2 probably as translation of German Bahnung

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fa·​cil·​i·​ta·​tion | \ fə-ˌsil-ə-ˈtā-shən How to pronounce facilitation (audio) \

Medical Definition of facilitation

1 : the lowering of the threshold for reflex conduction along a particular neural pathway especially from repeated use of that pathway
2 : the increasing of the ease or intensity of a response by repeated stimulation

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