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 Infamously, after the Supreme Court ruling, the 25-year-old advocacy group Empire State Pride Agenda declared victory and closed up shop. Melissa Gira Grant, The New Republic, "Culture War in the Workplace," 13 Jan. 2020 But as America prepares to choose its next president, activist and advocacy groups and other organizations are coming on strong with reminders—and warnings —that the 2020 census is also important. Tanya A. Christian, Essence, "LeBron James To Open Transitional Housing For I Promise Students + 9 Other Headlines We're Talking About," 13 Jan. 2020 The bushfires in Australia and flooding in Indonesia could also spark a larger discussion around climate change, and Steyer may take the chance to highlight his environmental advocacy nonprofit NextGen Climate (now NextGen America). Time, "6 Democratic Candidates Will Face Off in the Last Debate Before the Iowa Caucuses. Here's What to Know," 12 Jan. 2020 His advocacy for public access elsewhere includes helping open the Owens River Gorge and the Haiwee reservoirs. Tom Stienstra,, "Outdoors Hall of Fame honors 5 who fostered call of the wild," 11 Jan. 2020 After that my real advocacy began, and my journey began. Rachel Janfaza, Teen Vogue, "9 Climate Activists of Color You Should Know," 3 Jan. 2020 When asked about his advocacy for Taylor in a November interview, Giuliani laughed and ended the call. Anchorage Daily News, "Giuliani’s dual roles as power broker and shadow foreign policy adviser alarm Trump’s advisers," 9 Dec. 2019 His pro-Russia advocacy and meetings with Russian officials during the presidential race caught the attention of the FBI. Kristine Phillips, USA TODAY, "DOJ inspector general will unveil a major report today on the FBI's handling of the Russia probe. Here’s what you need to know.," 8 Dec. 2019 In other words, screw your Die Hard advocacy: Hustlers is the best Christmas movie of all time! Ew Staff,, "What to Watch on Tuesday: Hustlers pole-dances onto digital," 26 Nov. 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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22 Jan 2020

Cite this Entry

“Advocacy.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 26 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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