so·​lic·​i·​ta·​tion sə-ˌli-sə-ˈtā-shən How to pronounce solicitation (audio)
: the practice or act or an instance of soliciting
especially : entreaty, importunity
: a moving or drawing force : incitement, allurement

Examples of solicitation in a Sentence

the mail is always full of solicitations from worthy causes
Recent Examples on the Web The charges against the 70 defendants included solicitation and receipt of a bribe, extortion, destruction of evidence, false statements, and conspiracy offenses, according to prosecutors. CNN, 6 Feb. 2024 So, through dual-agency representation, this solicitation translates to another off-market, under-value home sale happening solely within that company. Pat Kapowich, The Mercury News, 3 Feb. 2024 The Miami-Dade draft solicitation sets the stage for a formal bidding process for MIA retail space, which the county typically rents out for a portion of sales. Douglas Hanks, Miami Herald, 29 Jan. 2024 The agency received eight responses to this solicitation, not including the separate SpaceX feasibility study. Stephen Clark, Ars Technica, 8 Dec. 2023 Nicolas Shaughnessy and Jaclyn Edison Travis County DA's Office Over the next three months, police would come to believe Nicolas and Edison had masterminded the attack and on May 29, 2018, authorities arrested them for criminal solicitation in the murder of Ted Shaughnessy. Josh Yager, CBS News, 14 Jan. 2024 She is charged with murder, conspiracy and solicitation, according to State Attorney Jack Campbell, WCTV reports. Kc Baker, Peoplemag, 14 Nov. 2023 But solicitation of Middle Eastern investors, and in particular the possible involvement of G42, has raised eyebrows among U.S. lawmakers and national security hawks who are concerned about G42’s links to the Chinese government. Jeremy Kahn, Fortune, 23 Jan. 2024 Ashcroft has alleged that the system had refused to require states to participate in multi-state efforts to address voter fraud and had focused on adding names to voter rolls by requiring solicitations to individuals who had already had the opportunity to register. Kacen Bayless, Kansas City Star, 23 Jan. 2024 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

circa 1520, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of solicitation was circa 1520

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“Solicitation.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 1 Mar. 2024.

Legal Definition


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