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Reading books can cultivate our mental development.

Is this sentence correct? Should both cultivate and development be used together here?

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No, cultivate means to:

2 a : to foster the growth of

which, in concert with development would compose a redundancy.

You may however cultivate mental toughness, or promote mental development if that's what you meant.

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    You could argue however that mental development itself is a process, and to cultivate it would be to increase its pace. – John Go-Soco Jul 6 '18 at 10:37
  • the former is indeed a process, though, cultivate doesn't mean accelerate. – Thalena Gundersen Jul 6 '18 at 12:13

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