noun, plural ad·vo·ca·cies.

the act of pleading for, supporting, or recommending; active espousal: He was known for his advocacy of states' rights.

Origin of advocacy

1375–1425; late Middle English advocacye < Medieval Latin advocātia. See advocate, -acy
Related formsnon·ad·vo·ca·cy, nounpre·ad·vo·ca·cy, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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noun plural -cies

active support, esp of a cause
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Word Origin and History for advocacy

late 14c., from Old French avocacie (14c.), from Medieval Latin advocatia, noun of state from Latin advocatus (see advocate (n.)).

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