furtherance

noun
fur·​ther·​ance | \ ˈfərt͟h-rən(t)s How to pronounce furtherance (audio) , ˈfər-t͟hə-\

Definition of furtherance

: the act of furthering : advancement

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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.

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All three are indicted on charges including conspiracy, interstate domestic violence, stalking, and use of a firearm in furtherance of a crime of violence. Carol Robinson | Crobinson@al.com, al, "3 Oklahoma sisters crafted elaborate plan to ambush, kill couple in Alabama, feds say," 12 Sep. 2019 He was charged with multiple counts, including conspiracy to distribute cocaine, conspiracy to commit robbery affecting interstate commerce, and possession of a firearm in furtherance of a drug-trafficking crime. Akintunde Ahmad, The Atlantic, "The Bleak Truth Behind My ‘Inspiring’ Path From Oakland to Yale," 12 Sep. 2019 In order to predicate a domestic terrorism investigation of an individual, the FBI must have information that the individual is perpetuating violent, criminal actions in furtherance of an ideology. Brian Albrecht, cleveland.com, "Charlottesville demonstration prompts review of state militia statutes," 4 Aug. 2019 Others noted how the project reflects the privilege of the Western scientific community, which appears willing to bulldoze over any culture in furtherance of its wants. Trisha Kehaulani Watson-sproat, Vox, "Why Native Hawaiians are fighting to protect Maunakea from a telescope," 24 July 2019 Descriptio The essential question: Do the reasons underpinning someone's firing matter when reviewing what's in furtherance of speech rights? Eriq Gardner, The Hollywood Reporter, "California Supreme Court Analyzes Lawsuit by Fired CNN Producer," 22 July 2019 View Sample Sign Up Now To find conspiracy, a prosecutor must establish beyond a reasonable doubt the elements of the crime: an agreement between at least two people, to commit a criminal offense and an overt act in furtherance of that agreement. Barbara Mcquade, Time, "These 11 Mueller Report Myths Just Won’t Die. Here’s Why They’re Wrong," 24 June 2019 The fact that is body was returned to his family without his heart, brain and throat is less about a claim of 'organ harvesting' and more about the furtherance of the unnecessary mystery surrounding his death. Brian Pascus, CBS News, "Missing organs further "mystery" surrounding Army vet's death in prison, attorney says," 12 June 2019 After making a deal with prosecutors, White pled guilty to two counts of brandishing a firearm in furtherance of a crime of violence, and one count charging felon in possession of a firearm. Christopher Harress | Charress@al.com, al.com, "Mobile Dollar General robber sentenced to nearly 18 years in prison," 5 June 2019

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First Known Use of furtherance

15th century, in the meaning defined above

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furtherance

noun

English Language Learners Definition of furtherance

formal : the act of helping something to become more successful or advanced

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