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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Alexander Petraglia is charged with public indecency and loitering to engage in solicitation, both misdemeanors, according to court documents. Max Londberg,, "Hamilton County public defender accused of engaging in sexual act in public," 5 July 2019 George Costanza's bogus Human Fund would be super-powered now with Facebook birthday donation requests and GoFundMe solicitations. Andrea Mandell, USA TODAY, "'Seinfeld': 30 ways the 'show about nothing' is still something 30 years later," 3 July 2019 The Arbutus department goes door-to-door for solicitations and sends out mailing, but never asks for donations over the phone. Cody Boteler,, "Baltimore County officials: Automated calls ask for donations, but money doesn't go to local fire departments," 1 July 2019 The Office for Victims of Crime will extend its application deadline for the Crime Victim Fund tribal set-aside solicitation. Alex Demarban, Anchorage Daily News, "US attorney general declares emergency for public safety in rural Alaska, freeing up $10.5 million to support police," 29 June 2019 Court records showed that the rapper faced several charges in the case, including two counts of felony attempted assault and lesser counts including harassment, criminal solicitation and conspiracy. Michael Gold, New York Times, "Cardi B Indicted in Strip Club Fight in Queens," 21 June 2019 And for a website that purports to have tried its best to flush out any seedy activity, the amount of brazen public sectional solicitation on display borders on alarming. Michael Andor Brodeur,, "Finding human connection (and filthy sofas) in Craigslist’s Free Stuff," 20 June 2019 Police arrested Matthew Hester, 38, at his home in Kennewick, Washington, on suspicion of criminal conspiracy to commit murder, solicitation of murder and hindering prosecution., "Gresham police arrest man in connection with the 2016 killing of his ex-wife," 19 June 2019 Last month Rosett pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court in Flint to a tax crime and admitted to an auto accident victim solicitation scheme that used illicit means to obtain police reports. Jc Reindl, Detroit Free Press, "Claim: My husband helped attorney Mike Morse hide MRI center money," 19 June 2019

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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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