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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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 Thirty-four-year-old Donald Beckwith of Browns Mills, New Jersey, was sentenced Tuesday after pleading guilty in February to one count of solicitation. Washington Post, "Ex-Air Force captain sentenced to 5 years in child sex case," 20 June 2018 Jones is charged with one count of solicitation of murder for hire, the statement says. Chris Harris,, "Tip From TV Show Leads to Nurse's Arrest for Allegedly Trying to Have Her Lover's Wife Killed," 19 Apr. 2018 Jupiter Police Chief Daniel Kerr said Mr. Kraft, 77 years old, was one of 25 people being charged with solicitation in Jupiter. Andrew Beaton, WSJ, "New England Patriots Owner Robert Kraft Charged With Soliciting Prostitution," 22 Feb. 2019 Leon was arrested Wednesday morning in College Station and charged with criminal solicitation of capital murder. Fernando Ramirez, Houston Chronicle, "Third suspect in Texas teen's alleged murder-for-hire plot of father is arrested," 13 July 2018 Prosecutors in December charged Berreth’s fiance, Patrick Frazee, with murder and solicitation of murder in the 29-year-old’s death. Kathleen Foody, The Seattle Times, "Idaho woman charged in connection to missing Colorado mom," 5 Feb. 2019 In light of the City Council vote, city staff plans to look into whether a solicitation process, which lasts about six months, is the best route. David Hernandez,, "National City to move forward with plans for community gardens," 12 July 2018 Upper Arlington has a strong anti-solicitation ordinance, and the Sharps had been warned against putting their deliveries on the steps of people who didn't want them. Cleve R. Wootson Jr.,, "'First day of paper route and we are pulled over by police:' The latest in #LivingWhileBlack," 11 July 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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grandiloquent, ostentatious, or bombastic

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