Etymology
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breeding (n.)

early 14c., "hatching, incubation; act of generating or producing;" late 14c., "formation, development, growth;" verbal noun from breed (v.). Meaning "manners, deportment in social life" is from 1590s (commonly short for good breeding), from the notion of "upbringing."

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Definitions of breeding
1
breeding (n.)
elegance by virtue of fineness of manner and expression;
Synonyms: genteelness / gentility
breeding (n.)
the result of good upbringing (especially knowledge of correct social behavior);
a woman of breeding and refinement
Synonyms: education / training
breeding (n.)
helping someone grow up to be an accepted member of the community;
Synonyms: bringing up / fostering / fosterage / nurture / raising / rearing / upbringing
breeding (n.)
the production of animals or plants by inbreeding or hybridization;
breeding (n.)
the sexual activity of conceiving and bearing offspring;
Synonyms: reproduction / procreation / facts of life
2
breeding (adj.)
producing offspring or set aside especially for producing offspring;
retained a few bulls for breeding purposes
the breeding population
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