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 But most of the improvement has come from government payments, first from trade-facilitation payments meant to compensate farmers for the adverse effects of the trade war with China, and from the Coronavirus Food Assistance Programs. Jayson L. Lusk And Michael D. Boehlje, WSJ, "For Farmers and Consumers, a Crazy Year in Food," 16 Dec. 2020 Farah also praised the Trump administration for its foreign and domestic policy accomplishments, including its targeted attacks against ISIS, its facilitation of peace deals in the Middle East, and its stance on NATO. Anthony Leonardi, Washington Examiner, "Alyssa Farah resigns as White House communications director," 3 Dec. 2020 Thompson pleaded guilty to facilitation to robbery in September and sentencing was set for Nov. 17. Jennie Key, The Enquirer, "Kenton County man pleads guilty in Covington shooting," 21 Nov. 2020 Big Tech does face a range of problems in Washington, including questions over its economic dominance and facilitation of violent and hateful rhetoric. Brian Fung, CNN, "Conservatives push to discredit Facebook, Twitter and Google just days before the election," 25 Oct. 2020 Livingston runs her own evaluation, coaching, facilitation and strategy company known as Expose Your Museum. Isabelle Bousquette, Detroit Free Press, "Investigation finds no wrongdoing over loan of El Greco painting to DIA," 14 Oct. 2020 Samuel Gooch pleaded guilty on Tuesday to a reduced charge of facilitation to commit hindering prosecution, which carries a maximum of two years in prison. Felicia Fonseca, The Arizona Republic, "Brother of Luke airman charged with murder of N.M. Mennonite resolves Arizona case," 27 Aug. 2020 Evan Ross, 28, had been arrested Thursday in connection with the case and charged with two counts of facilitation of murder. Sarah Ladd, The Courier-Journal, "Man arrested, charged with murder in the deaths of 3-year-old Trinity Randolph and her father," 26 Aug. 2020 Police arrested Ross on Wednesday evening and charged him with two counts of facilitation of murder. Ben Tobin, The Courier-Journal, "Louisville police arrest man in connection with fatal shooting of 3-year-old, father," 20 Aug. 2020

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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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“Facilitation.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/facilitation. Accessed 15 Jan. 2021.

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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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