self-cultivation

noun
self-cul·​ti·​va·​tion | \ ˌself-ˌkəl-tə-ˈvā-shən How to pronounce self-cultivation (audio) \

Definition of self-cultivation

: the development of one's mind or capacities through one's own efforts : self-culture The emphasis here is on education for self-cultivation rather than for jobs and on retirement and leisure rather than work.— O. B. Hardison, Jr.

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1766, in the meaning defined above

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