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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Examples of advocacy in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Drew Caputo, vice president of litigation for lands, wildlife and oceans at environmental advocacy group Earthjustice, told CBS News that more than a decade would pass before those leases would have impacted gas prices. Aimee Picchi, CBS News, 13 May 2022 The asylum process typically takes from six months up to several years, according to the National Immigration Forum, an advocacy group. Timothy Mclaughlin, The Atlantic, 13 May 2022 Florida will be short almost 18,000 physicians by the year 2035, according to the Safety Net Hospital Alliance of Florida and the Florida Hospital Association, an advocacy group for more than 200 Florida hospitals. Cindy Krischer Goodman, Sun Sentinel, 13 May 2022 The use of Thug’s lyrics to portray him as a career criminal is a frequent tactic for prosecutors, said Dina LaPolt, a music industry attorney and member of the advocacy group Black Music Action Coalition. Los Angeles Times, 11 May 2022 The Guggenheim Museum has been the focus of protests by photographer Nan Goldin and her advocacy group Sackler P.A.I.N. because of the institution's association with the family. Emily Burack, Town & Country, 10 May 2022 The same goes for investors—and the giant firms that represent them, says Kirsten Snow Spalding, who leads investor initiatives at advocacy group Ceres. Rachel Layne, Fortune, 9 May 2022 The data are based on the claims of Seemant Lok Sangathan (SLS), an advocacy group. Manavi Kapur, Quartz, 9 May 2022 In Texas, an advocacy group displayed an oversized image of an unsmiling U.S. Rep. Henry Cuellar on billboards with a message that the Texas Democrat doesn’t support term limits. Jeff Barker, Baltimore Sun, 9 May 2022 See More

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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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16 May 2022

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“Advocacy.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 May. 2022.

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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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