so·​lic·​i·​ta·​tion | \ sə-ˌli-sə-ˈtā-shən \

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 solicitation popped up on the FedBizOps web site on Friday, August 4th. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "The U.S. Army Is Officially Looking For a Newer, More Powerful Rifle," 7 Aug. 2017 The campaign appears to have not made it into production, and maybe never will, as the site where the group posted a call for voice actors took down the solicitation on the grounds that the script was clearly false. Casey Newton, The Verge, "There’s a crack at the heart of Facebook’s advertising business," 4 Oct. 2018 When Dean arrived, the deputies busted him on a charge of solicitation. Madeleine Marr, miamiherald, "He agreed on Facebook to pay her $75 for sex. Cops were waiting for him at the Circle K. | Miami Herald," 21 Mar. 2018 Political conversations are fine on Tinder, said a spokeswoman for the Match Group Inc. -owned app, but political solicitation or advertising isn’t. Natalie Andrews, WSJ, "Swipe Left, Swipe Right: Political Campaigning Invades Dating Apps," 2 Nov. 2018 Justine and his colleagues put out a call, through local news stations and online solicitations, for images of large worms with broad heads. Ben Guarino,, "Giant predatory worms invaded France, but scientists just noticed them," 22 May 2018 Sitting on the porch is just that: an invitation, not for solicitation, but for conversation. Anne Roderique-jones, Town & Country, "Porching Isn't Just a Southern Tradition—It's a Way of Life," 15 Aug. 2018 Diolamou also was indicted on murder conspiracy and solicitation counts. Dan Morse, Washington Post, "Target of murder-for-hire plot tries to laugh away bargain-based price tag: ‘Insulting to be sure’," 13 July 2018 Prosecutors said Holmes and Balwani used advertising and solicitations to encourage doctors and patients to use its laboratory services despite knowing that the company could not produce accurate and reliable results consistently. NBC News, "Theranos CEO Elizabeth Holmes, indicted on wire fraud charges, to step down," 15 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 \

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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