advocacy

[ad-vuh-kuh-see]
noun, plural advocacies.
the act of pleading for, supporting, or recommending; active espousal: He was known for his advocacy of states' rights.

Origin:
1375–1425; late Middle English advocacye < Medieval Latin advocātia. See advocate, -acy

nonadvocacy, noun
preadvocacy, noun
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advocacy (ˈædvəkəsɪ)
 
n , pl -cies
active support, esp of a cause

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advocacy
early 15c., from O.Fr. advocacie, from M.L. advocatia, noun of state from L. advocatus (see advocate).
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Example sentences
Find a national organization and consider giving financial support or
  volunteering for hands-on work or advocacy.
Many health advocacy organizations rely on financial support from drug
  companies.
The advocacy group also calls for more government oversight of the student-loan
  industry.
As a new designer, he sees no risk in his advocacy of the new polyester.
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