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PROPAGA'TION, noun [Latin propagatio.]

1. The act of propagating; the continuance or multiplication of the kind by generation or successive production; as the propagation of animals or plants.

There is not in nature any spontaneous generation, but all come by propagation

2. The spreading or extension of any thing; as the propagation of sound or of reports.

3. The spreading of any thing by planting and establishing in places before destitute; as the propagation of the gospel among pagans.

4. A forward or promotion.