fur·​ther·​ance ˈfərt͟h-rən(t)s How to pronounce furtherance (audio)
: the act of furthering : advancement

Examples of furtherance in a Sentence

They made the furtherance of science their life's work. the 1965 Civil Rights Act was a major step in the furtherance of social justice in the U.S.
Recent Examples on the Web All three officers involved in that incident have pleaded guilty to deprivation against rights charges, with Dedmon also pleading guilty to a charge of discharge of a firearm in furtherance of crime of violence, the Department of Justice confirms to PEOPLE. Emily Palmer, Peoplemag, 20 Mar. 2024 Dedmon also pleaded guilty to discharging a firearm in furtherance of a crime of violence, according to court documents. Emma Tucker, CNN, 17 Mar. 2024 The charges include two counts of first-degree murder related to witness tampering and two counts of murder in furtherance of a drug trafficking conspiracy. Alex Riggins, San Diego Union-Tribune, 7 Mar. 2024 And it cannot be used as a vehicle to spread false and malicious lies, in furtherance of a shakedown. Meredith Woerner, Variety, 7 Mar. 2024 Anything that’s a practical step in furtherance of that can be an overt act in furtherance of the conspiracy. Isaac Chotiner, The New Yorker, 16 Aug. 2023 In addition to murder for hire, the trio are also charged with discharge of a firearm during and in relation to a crime of violence which caused death and discharge of a firearm in furtherance of a violent crime. Liam Quinn, Peoplemag, 2 Nov. 2023 During the post-Civil War period in which the 14th Amendment was adopted, engaging in insurrection was understood broadly to include any voluntary act in furtherance of an insurrection against the Constitution, including words of incitement, Magliocca testified. Isabella Murray, ABC News, 1 Nov. 2023 Lavrov will discuss the furtherance of those negotiations with his North Korean counterpart, Reuters reported. Kim Bellware, Washington Post, 23 Sep. 2023

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Word History

First Known Use

15th century, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of furtherance was in the 15th century

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“Furtherance.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/furtherance. Accessed 15 Apr. 2024.

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fur·​ther·​ance ˈfərt͟h-(ə-)rən(t)s How to pronounce furtherance (audio)
: the act of furthering : advancement

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