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

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And even the main advocacy group backing the Green New Deal now seems to think this is not the time to enact a Green New Deal. James Freeman, WSJ, "The AOC Primary," 26 Feb. 2019 With the additional cameras however, both body cams and drones have become the topic of conversation among local advocacy groups who caution that not enough is being done to safeguard individuals’ rights to privacy. Shannon Liao, The Verge, "New York City cops will fly a drone over the New Year’s Eve celebration at Times Square," 30 Dec. 2018 The couples were recruited through an AIDS advocacy group called Baihualin, which works against societal discrimination of those infected with the disease. David Grossman, Popular Mechanics, "Chinese Researcher Claims to Have Used CRISPR to Genetically Alter Twins," 26 Nov. 2018 The Duchess revealed her yoga habit when speaking with a mental health advocacy group this Friday in Sydney. Chloe Foussianes, Town & Country, "Meghan Markle Reveals That She's Been Getting Up at 4:30 A.M. to Do Yoga," 19 Oct. 2018 Two years ago, the media advocacy group Articulo 19 documented that Gomez had received death threats after publishing an investigation linking a congressman and an alternate lawmaker to purported mismanagement of funds. Fox News, "Mexico: Alleged lookout nabbed in murder of Chiapas reporter," 24 Sep. 2018 Kohan said leaders at ASMI, the state's flagship seafood advocacy group, have been wondering what role the tariffs would play in their industry since they were officially announced June 15. Author: Elwood Brehmer, Anchorage Daily News, "Some Alaska seafood exports escape China’s retaliatory tariffs," 13 July 2018 The Human Rights Campaign, a national equality advocacy group, released the poll in December 2017 showing 60 percent of respondents want to ban employment discrimination against people who are LGBT. Zahra Ahmad, azcentral, "'Scottsdale for All' hopes to spread inclusiveness," 13 July 2018 The harbor advocacy group compiled data on everything from beaches to bike racks to barbecue pits, then put it online in a mappable, searchable format. Tim Logan,, "Here’s a new way to find a restroom (and other things) on Boston’s waterfront," 11 July 2018

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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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The first known use of advocacy was in the 14th century

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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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