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invocation

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noun in·vo·ca·tion \ˌin-və-ˈkā-shən\

Simple Definition of invocation

  • : the act of mentioning or referring to someone or something in support of your ideas : the act of invoking something

  • : the act of asking for help or support especially from a god

  • : a prayer for blessing or guidance at the beginning of a service, ceremony, etc.

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of invocation

  1. 1 a :  the act or process of petitioning for help or support; specifically often capitalized :  a prayer of entreaty (as at the beginning of a service of worship) b :  a calling upon for authority or justification

  2. 2 :  a formula for conjuring :  incantation

  3. 3 :  an act of legal or moral implementation :  enforcement

invocational

play \-shnəl, -shə-nəl\ adjective

invocatory

play \in-ˈvä-kə-ˌtȯr-ē\ adjective

Examples of invocation in a sentence

  1. his repeated invocations of the ancient philosophers

  2. justifying his position by invocation of the past

  3. The poem begins with an invocation of the Muses.

  4. They began the meeting with an invocation.



Origin and Etymology of invocation

Middle English invocacioun, from Middle French & Latin; Middle French invocation, from Latin invocation-, invocatio, from invocare


First Known Use: 14th century


Law Dictionary

invocation

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noun in·vo·ca·tion \ˌin-və-ˈkā-shən\

Legal Definition of invocation

  1. 1 :  a calling upon for authority or justification

  2. 2 :  an act of legal implementation <an invocation of the contract clause>





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