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
Recent Examples on the Web The fund started with $2.2 million from Andreessen Horowitz partners and a solicitation for funding from others, who get tax benefits. Los Angeles Times, 5 June 2021 This material, and the statements contained herein, are not an offer or solicitation to buy or sell any products (including financial products) or services or to participate in any particular strategy mentioned and should not be construed as such. Forbes, 2 June 2021 In 1980 the Supreme Court ruled in Schaumburg v. Citizens for a Better Environment that solicitation for money was protected by the First Amendment. Magda Teter, The New York Review of Books, 13 Apr. 2021 The man, Willie Richardson, now faces one count of child solicitation. Holly V. Hays, USA TODAY, 25 Feb. 2021 Electronic solicitation of a child is a Class B felony punishable by up to 20 years in prison. Eric Fleischauer The Decatur Daily, al, 20 May 2021 Epstein pleaded guilty to state charges of procuring a person under 18 for prostitution and felony solicitation of prostitution. Stephanie Pagones, Fox News, 11 May 2021 Seven men were charged with felony child solicitation in the sting, according to the release. Sarah Nelson, The Indianapolis Star, 30 Apr. 2021 Lambesis pleaded guilty to a solicitation of murder charge and was sentenced to six years in prison. City News Service, San Diego Union-Tribune, 30 Apr. 2021

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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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11 Jun 2021

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“Solicitation.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 21 Jun. 2021.

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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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