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

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Issues that need resolving on maximum facilitation include how to make it as frictionless as possible, and how to overcome EU concerns around plans to exempt small traders from some provisions, the official said. Alex Morales, Bloomberg.com, "U.K. Promises Brexit Clarity in Time for EU Summit in June," 16 May 2018 Martinez faces charges of criminal facilitation, hindering prosecution, concealment of a human corpse, conspiracy and tampering with physical evidence. Katherine Lam, Fox News, "Woman whose body found in bags at NYC parks beaten to death by best friend’s boyfriend, cops say," 30 Aug. 2018 Police said Breadon Reaves, 18, of Erlanger, was charged with facilitation to homicide. Sarah Brookbank, Cincinnati.com, "Body of missing Covington woman found near Rabbit Hash, 2 arrested," 15 June 2018 Underscore turned to Collective Next, a Leather District consulting firm that has built a robust graphic facilitation trade in the last several years. Andy Rosen, BostonGlobe.com, "Quick on the draw: Companies use live illustrators to spice up presentations," 10 July 2018 Maximum facilitation would be an invitation to smuggling and almost certainly against World Trade Organisation rules. The Economist, "Theresa May faces divides over Brexit—and little time to bridge them," 9 May 2018 The Warriors are absurdly talented, but even more resourceful; between Green, Andre Iguodala, Shaun Livingston, and even Durant (who finished with seven assists), Golden State has the facilitation to work over even impeccable defense. Rob Mahoney, SI.com, "Death by a Thousand Cuts: How Golden State Terrorized Cleveland at the Rim," 7 June 2018 Maximum facilitation would use trusted trader programs and technology to regulate the border. Jess Shankleman, Bloomberg.com, "May's Preferred Brexit Option Is Less Costly, U.K. Taxman Says," 23 May 2018 Buzzfeed News reported the deal in question involved the facilitation of a 100-story tower bearing the Trump name in Moscow. Jessica Estepa, USA TODAY, "Report: Ivanka Trump connected Michael Cohen to Russian who offered Putin introduction," 6 June 2018

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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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