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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Noah Wall, now a vice president of advocacy for a conservative nonprofit called FreedomWorks, was listed in Virginia state filings as a director of the group in 2014. Shawn Boburg, The Seattle Times, "Conservative nonprofit with obscure roots, undisclosed funders paid Whitaker $1.2 million," 20 Nov. 2018 Ashley Boyd, Mozilla’s VP of advocacy, explains to The Verge. Shannon Liao, The Verge, "Mozilla releases privacy report on which holiday gadgets are too creepy," 14 Nov. 2018 Will Barrett, a manager of advocacy and clean air with the American Lung Association in California, explained that areas like San Joaquin County in California's Central Valley face unique challenges in efforts to reduce air pollution. Hannah Holzer, sacbee, "Air pollution increases risk for type 2 diabetes, study finds," 12 July 2018 Add that to her acting career, which obscures her decades of education advocacy. Terrell Jermaine Starr, The Root, "Cynthia Nixon’s Campaign Against White Privilege," 28 June 2018 Much of the advocacy for net-zero buildings has focused on environmental and economic incentives. Chris Berdik, WIRED, "Solar Panels Power New Schools—and New Ways of Learning," 6 June 2018 After three years of advocacy, Spalding and Mitchill brought together leaders from the nation’s previously divided regional medical societies for the first General Medical Convention in the halls of the US Senate in Washington, DC. Michael Eisenstein, Scientific American, "The Little-known History and Global Future of Quality Medicines," 31 May 2018 Steyer, a philanthropist and former hedge-fund manager, founded the advocacy group NextGen America in 2012 and has spent more than $100 million on political campaigns since 2016. Dino Grandoni, The Seattle Times, "California billionaire Tom Steyer inches closer to 2020 White House bid," 20 Nov. 2018 Today, Middleton and Prince William arrived together at the BBC station in London to continue their advocacy work during Anti-Bullying Week, and the Duchess made the case for high-impact teal and a higher hem. Christian Allaire, Vogue, "Kate Middleton Confirms the Knee-Length Dress Is a Classic," 15 Nov. 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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