Examples of invoke in a Sentence
- Nietzsche is so complex that he can be invoked in support of many outlooks, some of them brutal or nihilistic. —Thomas Nagel, New Republic, 14 Jan. 2002
- There are some people who commit murder as a way of invoking the death penalty. Capital punishment can sometimes, then, be equivalent to suicide. —George Freeman Solomon, People, 17 Jan. 1977
- We began poring over the typewritten recipes at the dining room table, where I foolishly invoked the name of Julia Child … —Gael Greene, New York, 13 Sept. 1971
He invoked the memory of his predecessor.
She invoked history to prove her point.
He invoked his Fifth Amendment privileges.
The suspect invoked his right to an attorney.
invoke the authority of the court
Recent Examples of invoke from the Web
Even a single allegation of groping invokes a confounding array of potential statutes.
In keeping with his divine overture, Mr. Mrazek invokes the book’s biblical title when Rick’s brother is about to be arrested.
Carmen invoked Buddhism, recounting a conversation with a Buddhist teacher friend who was against the practice of saving seats at crowded counter-service restaurants until your food was ready.
Their pilgrimage to the dusty ruins of a concrete theater invokes some of the masterly compositional power of vintage Antonioni.
Obama frequently invoked the importance of parenting and personal responsibility.
The letter invokes federal law and decades of precedent to argue that Mueller overstepped.
In response, Mariano Rajoy, the prime minister, invoked Article 155 of Spain’s constitution to impose direct rule in Catalonia, sack Mr Puigdemont and his 13 counsellors and call a regional election for December 21st.
Last week, Fusion GPS executives invoked their constitutional right not to answer questions from the House Intelligence Committee.
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Synonymsbeget, breed, bring, bring about, bring on, catalyze, cause, create, do, draw on, effectuate, engender, generate, induce, effect, make, occasion, produce, prompt, result (in), spawn, translate (into), work, yield
Related Wordsconduce (to), contribute (to); decide, determine; begin, establish, father, found, inaugurate, initiate, innovate, institute, introduce, launch, pioneer, set, set up, start; advance, cultivate, develop, encourage, forward, foster, further, nourish, nurture, promote; enact, render, turn out
Near Antonymsimpede, limit, restrict; clamp down (on), crack down (on), crush, dampen, put down, quash, quell, repress, smother, squash, squelch, stifle, subdue, suppress; arrest, check, control, curb, inhibit, rein (in), restrain, retard; can [slang], kill, snuff (out), still; abolish, demolish, destroy, extinguish, liquidate, quench
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Definition of invoke for Students
- invoke spirits
- She invoked the Sunday rule as soon as he returned from the skateboard park and a family outing was launched.
- —Carl Hiaasen, Hoot
Word Root of invoke
legal Definition of invoke
- invoking his Fifth Amendment privilege
- invoking economic sanctions
- regulations that invoke problems in enforcement
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