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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Another ad hoc meeting will take place Thursday night among representatives of advocacy groups from different factions of the LGBTQ community, said Carter Brown, founder of Black Trans Men and a member of the Black Trans Advocacy Coalition. Emanuella Grinberg, CNN, "Texas had another chance this year to protect transgender people and again chose not to," 6 June 2019 African Americans make up 22 percent of the population in Chesterfield County, but 46 percent have felony convictions, according to the civil rights advocacy group. Ovetta Wiggins, Washington Post, "State delays contract with Alabama firm," 5 June 2019 The Fordham Institute, a pro-charter education advocacy group that has often pushed for stricter rules for charters, supports changing the rules. Patrick O'donnell,, "Ohio charter school closure laws could be weakened," 5 June 2019 There are lines around what can be philanthropy and what can be advocacy. John Legend, Town & Country, "Melinda Gates Is Proud Women Are Becoming More Empowered—But It's Not Happening Quickly Enough," 8 May 2019 Seth Rogen is Fred Flarsky, a sweet-spirited slob and out-of-work advocacy journalist. Joe Morgenstern, WSJ, "‘Long Shot’ Review: Shallow State," 2 May 2019 Morag Mackay of Safe Kids Worldwide, an injury prevention advocacy group, called for more research to understand why the incidents are on the rise. Lindsey Tanner, The Seattle Times, "Swallowed toys, coins, batteries spark rise in tot ER visits," 12 Apr. 2019 Eugenie's impressive advocacy is a reminder that people face different difficulties throughout their lives, including life-changing medical diagnoses. Amy Mackelden, Harper's BAZAAR, "Princess Eugenie Opens Up About the Scoliosis Operation She Had in Her Childhood," 23 Dec. 2018 In response, according to NBC10, student advocacy groups Organizing for Survivors (O4S) and Swarthmore Coalition Against Fraternity Violence staged a sit-in and protest inside and outside the Phi Psi house. Jameelah Nasheed, Teen Vogue, "Swarthmore College Students Are Occupying a Frat House to Protest Fraternities on Their Campus," 29 Apr. 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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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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