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recommendation (n.)

early 15c., recommendacion, "action of commending oneself to another" (a sense now obsolete), from Old French recommendation (Modern French recommandation), from Medieval Latin recommendationem (nominative recommendatio), noun of action from past-participle stem of recommendare (see recommend). Meaning "act of representing in a favorable manner, act of recommending (someone or something) as worthy" is from 1570s. Letter of recommendation is from c. 1500.

Letter of recommendation, a letter given by one person to another, and addressed to a third or "to whom it may concern," in which the bearer is represented as worthy of consideration and confidence. [Century Dictionary, 1895]

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Definitions of recommendation from WordNet

recommendation (n.)
something (as a course of action) that is recommended as advisable;
recommendation (n.)
something that recommends (or expresses commendation of) a person or thing as worthy or desirable;
Synonyms: testimonial / good word
recommendation (n.)
any quality or characteristic that gains a person a favorable reception or acceptance or admission;
her pleasant personality is already a recommendation
Synonyms: passport
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