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 Calls for accountability have poured in from many industry groups, including GLAAD and SAG-AFTRA, while advocacy organization Time's Up called out the HFPA on Friday with the hashtag #TIMESUPGlobes. David Oliver, USA TODAY, "Golden Globes viewers deserved more accountability from the HFPA after membership scandal," 1 Mar. 2021 Diane Ravitch is a research professor of education at New York University and the co-founder of the Network for Public Education, a grassroots advocacy organization. Diane Ravitch, The New Republic, "The Bipartisan Assault on Public Schools," 25 Feb. 2021 Both Parsons and Spiewak are honored by the LGBT youth advocacy organization GLSEN with the Inspiration Award at the Respect Awards. Gregory E. Miller, Good Housekeeping, "Jim Parsons and Todd Spiewak Have an Absolutely Beautiful Love Story," 25 Feb. 2021 However, David Herbel, president and CEO of senior advocacy organization LeadingAge Michigan, said the policies still preclude many relatives and friends from visiting. Dave Boucher, Detroit Free Press, "Whitmer: Michigan could ease nursing home visitation restrictions as early as next week," 24 Feb. 2021 Oberlin, Wake Forest, Villanova, Kenyon, Notre Dame, and Washington & Lee help High Point bring up the rear, according to an analysis that the journalist James Murphy did for the advocacy organization Education Reform Now. Ron Lieber, Town & Country, "Elite Universities Are in an Amenities Arms Race," 23 Feb. 2021 After losing the 2020 special election to keep her Senate seat, former Republican Sen. Kelly Loeffler has a conservative answer to Stacey Abrams: an advocacy organization called Greater Georgia. Emily Brooks, Washington Examiner, "Kelly Loeffler launches conservative answer to Stacey Abrams in Georgia," 22 Feb. 2021 A few years later, Norman joined the board of Artspace, which was then a modest advocacy organization that helped struggling artists find temporary studios. Jeffrey Meitrodt, Star Tribune, "Diane Fridley Norman, ad account executive and arts advocate, dies at 71," 20 Feb. 2021 According to interAct, an intersex advocacy organization, 1.7 percent of the population may be intersex, although many never realize it. Grace Huckins, Scientific American, "Hormone Levels Are Being Used to Discriminate against Female Athletes," 1 Feb. 2021

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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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5 Mar 2021

Cite this Entry

“Advocacy.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 7 Mar. 2021.

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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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