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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The second trial ended in a hung jury, but the third trial in 2017 resulted in a swift guilty verdict on the solicitation to commit first-degree murder charge. Marc Freeman,, "Dalia Dippolito’s murder-for-hire case won’t be reviewed by high court," 4 Sep. 2019 The contract solicitation and the potential clash was first reported by The Wall Street Journal on Thursday. Washington Post, "FBI, Facebook could clash over privacy vs. monitoring," 9 Aug. 2019 Epstein, in the end, pleaded guilty to the solicitation of prostitution and the procurement of minors for prostitution. Megan Garber, The Atlantic, "When Jeffrey Epstein Joked About Sex Abuse," 9 July 2019 There’s one main thing that crowdfunding shares with traditional philanthropy: having a strategy behind the solicitation. Quentin Fottrell, Town & Country, "GoFundMe Has Revolutionized How We Give, But Is That a Good Thing?," 19 June 2019 If convicted, the defendants face up to 99 years behind bars for each of the murder charges, the conspiracy to commit murder charge and the solicitation to commit murder charge. Justin L. Mack, Indianapolis Star, "Indiana man offered teens in Alaska $9M to kill 19-year-old and send him the footage, feds say," 18 June 2019 While the group opposed the spending deal that Mr. Trump signed, most of its solicitations for donations these days are either about Mr. Trump or issues that are broadly popular with conservatives. Jeremy W. Peters, New York Times, "The Tea Party Didn’t Get What It Wanted, but It Did Unleash the Politics of Anger," 28 Aug. 2019 Le posted a $500 bond on Tuesday after he was charged with one misdemeanor count of solicitation, Fort Bend County district court records show. James Pinkerton, Houston Chronicle, "HPD officer arrested in undercover prostitution sting," 18 July 2019 The Bronx native faces multiple charges, including misdemeanor reckless endangerment, criminal solicitation, conspiracy, harassment, and assault, as well as two counts of felony attempted assault with intent to cause serious physical injury. Janelle Griffith, NBC News, "Cardi B pleads not guilty to strip club fight charges," 25 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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authorized for issue (as a bond)

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