ad·​vo·​ca·​cy | \ ˈad-və-kə-sē How to pronounce advocacy (audio) \

Definition of advocacy

: the act or process of supporting a cause or proposal : the act or process of advocating (see advocate entry 2) something known for his advocacy of gay rights

Examples of advocacy in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Affordability a concern Keeping utilities affordable is important to some of the bills' supporters, including Cynthia Zwick, executive director of the low-income advocacy group Wildfire. Ryan Randazzo, azcentral, "Arizona lawmakers advance bill to preserve natural-gas hookups to new homes," 30 Jan. 2020 Hilary Jager, a co-founder of community advocacy group A Better Way, said in a statement that residents welcomed the rejection of the city’s plans as well as the panel’s call for a better BQE. Paul Berger, WSJ, "Reduce Traffic on Brooklyn-Queens Expressway, New York City Panel Says," 30 Jan. 2020 Recent Health Matters columns by Julie Washington: In her column, patient advocacy writer Julie Washington will answer readers’ questions about navigating health-care systems. Julie Washington, cleveland, "Immunotherapy called ‘the future of cancer care,’ but not without risks, costs: Health Matters," 30 Jan. 2020 USA TODAY Amtrak's decision to charge two wheelchair users $25,000 to ride a train in Illinois generated a firestorm of criticism from disability advocacy groups and lawmakers. Curtis Tate, USA TODAY, "After $25,000 fee, wheelchair users wait for better Amtrak stations, trains," 30 Jan. 2020 There’s an easy advocate and then there is true advocacy. Tara Sullivan,, "There’s no right time to bring up Kobe Bryant’s complicated legacy, but we can’t ignore it," 29 Jan. 2020 Writer-director Patricia Vidal Delgado’s black-and-white, micro-budget feature is an unabashed advocacy film, dedicated to immigrants living in the U.S. facing potential expulsion under the current administration’s policies. Justin Lowe, The Hollywood Reporter, "'La Leyenda Negra': Film Review | Sundance 2020," 28 Jan. 2020 Kids come for barbecues, participate in advocacy walks and have helped raise almost $5,000 for suicide prevention. Sharon Grigsby, Dallas News, "After her young teen’s death by suicide on a Plano ISD campus, this mom fights for change," 27 Jan. 2020 Carol Jenkins, a black woman, is co-president and CEO of the ERA Coalition and Fund for Women’s Equality, an ERA ratification advocacy group. Fabiola Cineas, The New Republic, "The Equal Rights Amendment May Have Found Its Moment," 16 Jan. 2020

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First Known Use of advocacy

14th century, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for advocacy

Middle English advocacie "intercession," borrowed from Anglo-French advocassie "pleading," borrowed from Medieval Latin advocatia "patronage," from Latin advocātus advocate entry 1 + -ia -y entry 2

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Cite this Entry

“Advocacy.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 18 Feb. 2020.

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ad·​vo·​ca·​cy | \ ˈad-və-kə-sē How to pronounce advocacy (audio) \

Legal Definition of advocacy

1 : the profession or work of an advocate
2 : the action of advocating, pleading for, or supporting a cause or proposal a consequence of his moving advocacy— W. O. Douglas

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