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 remainder were queries about ethics guidance, lobbying and gift solicitation. Emily Opilo,, 28 Sep. 2021 The company said the workers violated its policies on external communications and solicitation. Nathaniel Meyersohn, CNN, 28 Sep. 2021 Texas, meanwhile, recently passed legislation making solicitation of prostitution a felony. Sam Dorman, Fox News, 15 Sep. 2021 Unauthorized vendors or solicitation including handbills and give-aways. Doug George,, 27 July 2021 Word-of-mouth solicitation is the norm in insular mercenary circles. Los Angeles Times, 18 July 2021 April 18 & 22, 2002 - Blake is arrested for first degree murder with special circumstances and two counts of solicitation of murder. CNN, 7 Sep. 2021 He is granted limited immunity from prosecution for solicitation in exchange for his testimony. CNN, 19 Aug. 2021 In 2007, a federal prosecutor signed a non-prosecution deal with Epstein, who in return accepted a 13-month sentence for felony solicitation of underage girls. Washington Post, 10 Aug. 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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9 Oct 2021

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“Solicitation.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 18 Oct. 2021.

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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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