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 All the same, NASA does ask for detailed safety information about the vehicles in its solicitation. Eric Berger, Ars Technica, "NASA asks industry to provide it with greater access to microgravity," 24 June 2020 But less than five days after the California teen posted her solicitation of participants on May 31, 350 people had signed up. Elinor Aspegren, USA TODAY, "A California teen started an anti-racism book club with an Instagram post. She expected 15 people. Hundreds signed up.," 23 June 2020 How did the team's solicitation of fan input change the project's scope? Sam Machkovech, Ars Technica, "Talking Tiberium: Command & Conquer dev on LAN mode, going open source, and more," 16 June 2020 The purchase is part of a solicitation for bids DOE made last month to purchase up 1 million barrels of oil for the SPR. Abby Smith, Washington Examiner, "Daily on Energy: State officials worry electric car expansion could hurt low-income people," 11 June 2020 The gray-haired man in the pearlescent blue silk suit was Richard Reynolds: double entry, member of Congress from Delaware and multiple arrests for solicitation of a prostitute—no convictions. August Cole, Wired, "AI, AR, and the (Somewhat) Speculative Future of a Tech-Fueled FBI," 5 June 2020 People have mistaken my presence as a solicitation when that is far from the truth, and that is an issue. Jacqueline Gifford, Travel + Leisure, "Pilot and Explorer Kellee Edwards on Solo Travel, Meeting New People, and Seeing the World As a Black Woman," 5 June 2020 So in his way of thinking, the invitation to log on was a solicitation. Jack Greiner,, "Strictly Legal: Facebook dodges liability over texts," 3 June 2020 Frazee was convicted on Nov. 18 of two counts of murder, three counts of solicitation to commit murder and tampering with a deceased human body. NBC News, "Patrick Frazee girlfriend who testified against him in Kelsey Berreth murder sentenced to 3 years," 28 Jan. 2020

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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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4 Jul 2020

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“Solicitation.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 9 Jul. 2020.

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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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