ad·​vo·​ca·​cy | \ ˈad-və-kə-sē \

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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Some children’s advocacy groups want Ms. Kelly to undo cuts to the state Department for Children and Families. Kris Maher, WSJ, "Kansas’ New Gov. Kelly Aims to Unwind Brownback Legacy," 18 Jan. 2019 As part of the campaign, Secret teamed up with advocacy group Ladies Get Paid to develop a toolkit that educates women about their rights in the workplace. Leah Prinzivalli, Glamour, "The 10 Most Groundbreaking Beauty Campaigns of 2018," 22 Dec. 2018 As the executive director of the advocacy group ClimatePlan, based in Oakland, California, Fletcher has been part of a team that’s been pushing the state to invest in more multimodal options. Alissa Walker, Curbed, "Getting around the Bay Area with Chanell Fletcher," 21 Dec. 2018 Each year, an estimated 8 million metric tons of plastics end up in the ocean, according to the advocacy group Ocean Conservancy. Tabor Wordelman, Teen Vogue, "You Can't Just "Clean Up" the Plastic in the Ocean. Here's Why.," 18 Dec. 2018 This year's battle could be even harder-fought by the advocacy groups competing to sway key senators. Brooke Singman, Fox News, "Supreme Court battle: Conservative group vows to spend $10M backing Trump pick," 2 Oct. 2018 According to Variety, the Ally Coalition benefit concert (which also included performances by Lana Del Rey, among others) raised $200,000 for the non-profit LGBTQ advocacy organization. Emma Sarran Webster, Teen Vogue, "Hayley Kiyoko and Taylor Swift Surprised Fans with a Duet Performance," 6 Dec. 2018 Marie Claire spoke with Jess Davidson, executive director of the advocacy organization End Rape on Campus. Cady Drell, Marie Claire, "What to Know About The Title IX Changes—And How You Can Fight Them," 20 Nov. 2018 This ban has handicapped infertility research, says Barbara Collura, president and CEO of Resolve: The National Infertility Association, a nonprofit advocacy organization. Elissa Strauss, Glamour, "The Great Frozen Embryo Debate," 11 Oct. 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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ad·​vo·​ca·​cy | \ ˈad-və-kə-sē \

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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