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

Example Sentences

the mail is always full of solicitations from worthy causes
Recent Examples on the Web The men face charges of solicitation of prostitution, a felony in Texas punishable with up two years in prison and a $10,000 fine. Dallas News, 24 Jan. 2023 The two main alternatives cited in the Army's solicitation are gene guns and intramuscular electroporation. Jeremy Jacquot, Discover Magazine, 9 Aug. 2010 Tara Kawass, Magbanua’s defense attorney, told CNN Friday in 2019, Magbanua initially went to trial on charges of first-degree murder, conspiracy to commit murder, and solicitation to commit murder. Melissa Alonso, CNN, 22 Apr. 2022 Joseph Anthony Hoppa, 62, and his son Jason P. Hoppa, 38, have each been charged with one count of solicitation of first-degree intentional homicide. Steve Helling, Peoplemag, 14 Dec. 2022 Nathan Powell, 29, of Florence, is facing one count of electronic solicitation of a child, according to the case filed against him Friday in Lauderdale County District Court. Howard Koplowitz |, al, 14 Nov. 2022 Thornton was arrested again in June 2022 on charges of solicitation of prostitution and frequenting a bawdy place in another online chatting operation, reported on by the Richmond Times-Dispatch. Lauren Lumpkin, Washington Post, 29 Sep. 2022 In 2019, Kraft was charged with two counts of solicitation of a prostitute, but those charges were later dropped because of a technicality. Brent Schrotenboer, USA TODAY, 28 June 2022 Angelica Navarro-DePaz was 40 when she was arrested shortly afterward on a charge of solicitation of capital murder with remuneration. Elizabeth Zavala, San Antonio Express-News, 26 Apr. 2022 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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Cite this Entry

“Solicitation.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 7 Feb. 2023.

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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