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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Additional money was raised via solicitations — each player mailed 20 postcards to friends and relatives seeking donations — and other fundraising activities. Beth Bragg, Anchorage Daily News, "The Seawolves had to make a lot of pot pies to pay their way to a basketball tournament in Taiwan," 28 June 2018 The evidence had built up against Nicolas during the months since the murder, prompting the Travis County Sheriff’s Office to issue a warrant the teens with criminal solicitation, a first degree felony. Jameelah Nasheed, Teen Vogue, "A Texas Teen and His Girlfriend Were Charged With Offering Money to Kill His Dad," 31 May 2018 David Allan Lee was indicted in Galveston County on a charge of online solicitation of a minor. Jay R. Jordan, Houston Chronicle, "Almost 50 indicted on child sex charges so far in 2018," 30 Mar. 2018 At the time of the robbery, Kaba was on probation in Johnson County for indecent solicitation of a child. Tony Rizzo, kansascity, "Shawnee man goes to prison for robbing Overland Park bank," 26 June 2018 New remains in the Cobb County jail without bond on charges of aggravated assault-strangulation, simple battery, criminal solicitation and computer pornography. Raisa Habersham, ajc, "Cobb cop accused in mentally disabled woman’s assault was once a police chief," 22 June 2018 In May, the couple’s son Nicolas and his wife Jaclyn Edison were arrested and charged with solicitation to commit capital murder., "Teen and Girlfriend Accused of Hiring Hitman to Kill His Dad — and Alleged Gunman Is Arrested," 12 July 2018 The men, including two listing Howard County addresses, were arrested at a hotel in the 8100 Block of Washington Boulevard in Jessup and charged with solicitation of prostitution and disorderly conduct. Jess Nocera, Howard County Times, "Six men accused by Howard police of trying to hire prostitutes," 11 July 2018 Mohamed faces solicitation of capital murder charges, Acevedo said. Jared Gilmour, star-telegram, "Man kept getting tickets. He hired a hitman to kill the cop writing them, Houston police say," 26 June 2018

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First Known Use of solicitation

circa 1520, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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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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to reject or criticize sharply

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