(kul-ti-va-sion) s. f.
Travail nécessaire pour mettre la terre en culture.
   On juge avec raison que, lorsqu'une nation n'est recherchée ni dans sa nourriture, ni dans son habillement, ni dans son logement, il suffit, pour la faire subsister dans l'abondance et dans l'aisance, d'employer le quart des citoyens aux travaux journaliers de la cultivation et des arts grossiers, CONDILLAC Comm. gouv. part. I, ch. 26.
   Loin d'attaquer la cultivation des colonies par des impôts, on devrait l'encourager par des libéralités, RAYNAL Hist. phil. XIII, 51.
   Celui qui, comme Penn, ordonnerait la cultivation de sa colonie, et lui défendrait la guerre, celui-là, sans doute, serait un dieu sur la terre, RAYNAL ib. XIX, 9.
   XVIe s.
   Cultivation, COTGRAVE .

Dictionnaire de la Langue Française d'Émile Littré. . 1872-1877.

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