so·​lic·​i·​ta·​tion | \ sə-ˌli-sə-ˈtā-shən How to pronounce solicitation (audio) \

Definition of solicitation

1 : the practice or act or an instance of soliciting especially : entreaty, importunity
2 : a moving or drawing force : incitement, allurement

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Examples of solicitation in a Sentence

the mail is always full of solicitations from worthy causes

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The design was inspired by a solicitation from NASA, which was looking for soft robotics to be used in space. James Vincent, The Verge, "This ‘robotic skin’ can bring your stuffed toys to life," 24 Sep. 2018 New faces charges of felony aggravated assault-strangulation, criminal solicitation, computer pornography, and misdemeanor simple battery. Raisa Habersham, ajc, "Cobb officer resigns, accused of assaulting mentally disabled woman," 25 June 2018 The most numerous were solicitations for homeopathy or naturopathy for cancer — 474 requests seeking more than $12 million. Lindsey Tanner, The Seattle Times, "Desperate & duped? GoFundMe means big bucks for dubious care," 24 Oct. 2018 Instead, in a recent solicitation, DARPA asked for proposals to build A.I. based on insect brains. Avery Thompson, Popular Mechanics, "DARPA Wants to Turn Insect Brains into Robot Brains," 10 Jan. 2019 In its recent solicitations, Xcel is getting more bids for renewables, with more variety, for much cheaper. David Roberts, Vox, "For the first time, a major US utility has committed to 100% clean energy," 5 Dec. 2018 In addition, the report says the US Air Force must consider both expendable and reusable launch vehicles as part of its solicitation for military launch contracts. Eric Berger, Ars Technica, "Rocket Report: Japan chasing SpaceX, missile-test failure, Russian trolling," 3 Aug. 2018 That’s why, as of Tuesday, Palmer is facing two counts of solicitation of first-degree murder and one count of arson in addition to two counts of adult molestation of a child under 12. David J. Neal, miamiherald, "He was accused of molesting a child. Then, he looked for revenge, cops say | Miami Herald," 8 Mar. 2018 Mohammed Mohamed, 47, appeared in Harris County Probable Cause Court on Wednesday night on charges of solicitation of capital murder. Samantha Ketterer, Houston Chronicle, "Bond set at $1M for man accused of hiring hitman to kill HPD officer," 28 June 2018

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First Known Use of solicitation

circa 1520, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of solicitation was circa 1520

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so·​lic·​i·​ta·​tion | \ sə-ˌli-sə-ˈtā-shən How to pronounce solicitation (audio) \

Legal Definition of solicitation

: an act or practice or an instance of soliciting solicitation of a proxy for a shareholder vote specifically : the crime of soliciting someone to commit a crime (as murder)

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