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[suh-lis-i-tey-shuh n] /səˌlɪs ɪˈteɪ ʃən/
the act of soliciting.
entreaty, urging, or importunity; a petition or request.
enticement or allurement.
  1. the crime of asking another to commit or to aid in a crime.
  2. the act of a prostitute soliciting in a public place.
Origin of solicitation
1485-95; < Latin sollicitātiōn- (stem of sollicitātiō), equivalent to sollicitāt(us) (past participle of sollicitāre to solicit; see -ate1) + -iōn- -ion
Related forms
nonsolicitation, noun
presolicitation, noun
resolicitation, noun
supersolicitation, noun Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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Examples from the web for solicitation
  • Minimum three years experience fundraising with record of successful donor solicitation.
  • In fact, the solicitation treats it as an afterthought, tucked away in a parenthetical aside.
  • The remedy for a violation of the general solicitation rule is rescission at the initial offered price.
  • Direct volunteer activities in the areas of research, cultivation, and solicitation of prospective donors.
  • No money is kept back for costs of administration or solicitation.
  • The rule was deemed redundant, he said, because existing regulations already require a permit for solicitation in the parks.
  • And the solicitation isn't the sum total of his marketing.
  • The magazine does its own direct-mail subscription solicitation in-house.
  • There is on-camera solicitation and off-camera acceptance.
  • But as one candid confession follows another, the camera's role in their solicitation becomes difficult to overlook.
Word Origin and History for solicitation

late 15c., "management," from Middle French solicitation and directly from Latin solicitationem (nominative solicitatio) "vexation, disturbance, instigation," noun of action from past participle stem of solicitare (see solicit). Meaning "action of soliciting" is from 1520s. Specific sexual sense is from c.1600.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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