advocacy

noun

ad·​vo·​ca·​cy ˈad-və-kə-sē How to pronounce advocacy (audio)
: 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 An advocacy group will provide updates at a Wednesday event. Patricia Gallagher Newberry, The Enquirer, 12 June 2024 As violence and drugs spill onto RTD’s buses and trains, agency works to make transit safer Leaders of the Greater Denver Transit grassroots advocacy group contend poor service could trigger a downward spiral in ridership. Bruce Finley, The Denver Post, 12 June 2024 Following her own experience in the music industry, and after witnessing what her friend went through, Red founded the nonprofit advocacy group, The 100 Percenters. Hilda Dzietror, ABC News, 12 June 2024 The Catholic League for Religious and Civil Rights advocacy group ran radio ads a year ago calling for a boycott of the Pride Night game because of the plan to honor the Sisters. Chuck Schilken, Los Angeles Times, 11 June 2024 See all Example Sentences for advocacy 

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Word History

Etymology

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

First Known Use

14th century, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of advocacy was in the 14th century

Dictionary Entries Near advocacy

Cite this Entry

“Advocacy.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/advocacy. Accessed 24 Jun. 2024.

Kids Definition

advocacy

noun
ad·​vo·​ca·​cy ˈad-və-kə-sē How to pronounce advocacy (audio)
: the act or process of advocating : support

Legal Definition

advocacy

noun
ad·​vo·​ca·​cy ˈad-və-kə-sē How to pronounce advocacy (audio)
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 advocacyW. O. Douglas

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