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[ad-vuh-kuh-see] /ˈæd və kə si/
noun, plural advocacies.
the act of pleading for, supporting, or recommending; active espousal:
He was known for his advocacy of states' rights.
Origin of advocacy
late Middle English
1375-1425; late Middle English advocacye < Medieval Latin advocātia. See advocate, -acy
Related forms
nonadvocacy, noun
preadvocacy, noun Unabridged
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Examples from the web for advocacy
  • 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.
  • Business leaders, civil-rights organizations, and youth-advocacy groups are right for this role.
  • The way around all this would be grassroots advocacy.
  • Science is not supposed to be about advocacy.
  • This is the sort of "foul blow" that exceeds the legitimate bounds of advocacy.
  • We study politics and government, which is not the same as advocacy.
  • The Handbook addresses environmental advocacy, forestry, recycling and more.
British Dictionary definitions for advocacy


noun (pl) -cies
active support, esp of a cause
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Word Origin and History for advocacy

late 14c., from Old French avocacie (14c.), from Medieval Latin advocatia, noun of state from Latin advocatus (see advocate (n.)).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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