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

Examples of solicitation in a Sentence

the mail is always full of solicitations from worthy causes
Recent Examples on the Web General Disclosure Not an offer to buy, nor a solicitation to sell securities. Ehud Gersten, Forbes, 19 July 2022 Formal charges have yet to be filed in connection to the solicitation sting. Lawrence Andrea, The Indianapolis Star, 17 May 2022 Office sergeant was arrested and charged Wednesday with the solicitation of prostitution, said LCSO spokesperson John Herrell in a press release. Abigail Hasebroock, Orlando Sentinel, 13 July 2022 And there is no public data showing how much money any given fund-raising solicitation yielded. New York Times, 14 June 2022 The firm was selected through the city’s second competitive bidding process after the first solicitation attempt was unsuccessful. Jennifer Van Grove, San Diego Union-Tribune, 8 June 2022 Had your friends rudely corrected you without solicitation, Miss Manners would be taking your side. Jacobina Martin, Washington Post, 21 May 2022 But after a very successful recruiting process, Tinder banned Pecchia indefinitely for violating their promotion or solicitation rules. Analis Bailey, USA TODAY, 10 May 2022 The specific securities used are for illustrative purposes only and not a recommendation or solicitation to purchase or sell any individual security. David Thomas, Forbes, 3 May 2022 See More

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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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29 Jul 2022

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“Solicitation.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 9 Aug. 2022.

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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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