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From Old French, from Latin tuitiō(guard, protection, defense), from tuēri(to watch, guard, see, observe). Compare intuition, tutor.



tuition ‎(countable and uncountable, plural tuitions)

  1. (Canada, US) A sum of money paid for instruction (such as in a high school, boarding school, university, or college).
  2. The training or instruction provided by a teacher or tutor.
    • 2013 July 19, Peter Wilby, “Finland spreads word on schools”, in The Guardian Weekly, volume 189, number 6, page 30:
      Imagine a country where children do nothing but play until they start compulsory schooling at age seven. Then, without exception, they attend comprehensives until the age of 16. [] There are no inspectors, no exams until the age of 18, no school league tables, no private tuition industry, no school uniforms. […]
  3. (archaic) Care, guardianship.
    • 1599, William Shakespeare, Much Ado About Nothing, Act 1 Scene 1:
      BENEDICK. I have almost matter enough in me for such an embassage; and so I commit you—
      CLAUDIO. To the tuition of God: from my house, if I had it,—
      DON PEDRO. The sixth of July: your loving friend, Benedick.
      BENEDICK. Nay, mock not, mock not.

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