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 In her column, patient advocacy writer Julie Washington will answer readers’ questions about navigating health-care systems. Julie Washington, cleveland, "Creating healthy habits for 2020: Health Matters," 5 Jan. 2020 Apparently not everyone, according to a recent commentary in The Denver Post by an advocacy journalist who criticized this common-sense approach. Kevin Flynn, The Denver Post, "Kevin Flynn: Fines don’t stop red-light runners, but fixing engineering flaws does," 31 Dec. 2019 Jane Barratt, chief advocacy officer for MX, a financial data platform, points to startups such as Kindur, launched by former JP Morgan Chase managing director Rhian Horgan. Elaine Pofeldt, Quartz, "Women in financial services are tackling an underserved market: themselves," 30 Dec. 2019 But no amount of anger or advocacy can fix the underlying issue plaguing Martin County and others like it: inadequate funds. April Johnston,, "‘That's vinegar’: The Ohio River’s history of contamination and progress made," 26 Dec. 2019 An analysis undertaken by the environmental advocacy nonprofit found that assets of institutions now committed to divestment grew a ridiculous 22,000% from 2014 to 2019. Elijah Wolfson, Time, "20 Ways the World Got Better in 2019, in Charts," 23 Dec. 2019 Pressure from the patient advocacy community was likely a big factor in those two other non-gene-therapy drugs' approvals. Sy Mukherjee, Fortune, "Controversial Biotech Sarepta Keeps Up Unlikely Win Streak With $1.15 Billion Roche Deal," 23 Dec. 2019 The bill's approval by the White House also marks the culmination of a decades-long advocacy campaign by a spirited movement of Liberian communities across the U.S. and their allies. Camilo Montoya-galvez, CBS News, "Thousands of Liberians could gain pathway to U.S. citizenship under a bill Trump just signed," 20 Dec. 2019 In the advocacy culture of our new media, ex-government officials such as Brennan, Clapper, and McCabe can be paid to appear on news programs to analyze (or vindicate) their own unethical behavior. Victor Davis Hanson, National Review, "Former Intelligence Chiefs Fit Perfectly into Media Advocacy Culture," 19 Dec. 2019

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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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8 Jan 2020

Cite this Entry

“Advocacy.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 21 January 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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