Examples of invoke in a Sentence
- Nietzsche is so complex that he can be invoked in support of many outlooks, some of them brutal or nihilistic. —Thomas Nagel, New Republic, 14 Jan. 2002
- There are some people who commit murder as a way of invoking the death penalty. Capital punishment can sometimes, then, be equivalent to suicide. —George Freeman Solomon, People, 17 Jan. 1977
- We began poring over the typewritten recipes at the dining room table, where I foolishly invoked the name of Julia Child … —Gael Greene, New York, 13 Sept. 1971
He invoked the memory of his predecessor.
She invoked history to prove her point.
He invoked his Fifth Amendment privileges.
The suspect invoked his right to an attorney.
invoke the authority of the court
Recent Examples of invoke from the Web
The shooting of Jermaine Claybrooks, as well as three other police shootings this year, have been in limbo with officers and deputies involved invoking their constitutional right to remain silent in the criminal investigations.
Public defenders Jeff Facklam and John Radosevich had argued in a hearing that began last month and concluded Thursday that Jackson had attempted to invoke his right to an attorney, but police continued interviewing him without one.
But Gross had returned to Israel, obtained an attorney and invoked his right not to speak to attorneys before a warrant was ever issued.
Senior executives summoned to testify before Congress in October invoked their Fifth Amendment right against self-incrimination, and the firm is resisting a congressional subpoena for bank records that would reveal who has paid for its services.
Levandowski is expected to invoke the Fifth Amendment right to avoid testifying; his lawyer did not respond to a request for comment.
But the committee did require two partners of Fusion GPS — the firm that funded the opposition research dossier on President Donald Trump — to appear to invoke their constitutional right not to answer the committee's questions.
Kelly, who originally reported that LaPorta had shot himself, invoked his constitutional right not to incriminate himself 31 times when on the stand last week.
According to Grate’s ruling, Mackey denied the allegations but offered no specific defense, instead choosing to invoke his Fifth Amendment right to avoid self-incrimination.
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evoke or invoke?
Don’t feel bad if you have difficulty remembering the difference between evoke and invoke, as the words are quite similar in many ways and have considerable overlap in meaning. However, the words do differ, and you would not want to substitute one for the other. Invoke is used of putting into effect or calling upon such things as laws, authority, or privilege (“the principal invoked a rule forbidding students from asking questions”). Evoke is primarily used in the sense “to call forth or up” and is often found in connection with such things as memories, emotions, or sympathy.
Synonymsbeget, breed, bring, bring about, bring on, catalyze, cause, create, do, draw on, effectuate, engender, generate, induce, effect, make, occasion, produce, prompt, result (in), spawn, translate (into), work, yield
Related Wordsconduce (to), contribute (to); decide, determine; begin, establish, father, found, inaugurate, initiate, innovate, institute, introduce, launch, pioneer, set, set up, start; advance, cultivate, develop, encourage, forward, foster, further, nourish, nurture, promote; enact, render, turn out
Near Antonymsimpede, limit, restrict; clamp down (on), crack down (on), crush, dampen, put down, quash, quell, repress, smother, squash, squelch, stifle, subdue, suppress; arrest, check, control, curb, inhibit, rein (in), restrain, retard; can [slang], kill, snuff (out), still; abolish, demolish, destroy, extinguish, liquidate, quench
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Definition of invoke for Students
- invoke spirits
- She invoked the Sunday rule as soon as he returned from the skateboard park and a family outing was launched.
- —Carl Hiaasen, Hoot
Word Root of invoke
legal Definition of invoke
- invoking his Fifth Amendment privilege
- invoking economic sanctions
- regulations that invoke problems in enforcement
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