View synonyms for advocacy


[ ad-vuh-kuh-see ]


, plural ad·vo·ca·cies.
  1. the act of pleading for, supporting, or recommending; active espousal:

    He was known for his advocacy of states' rights.


/ ˈædvəkəsɪ /


  1. active support, esp of a cause
“Collins English Dictionary — Complete & Unabridged” 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

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  • non·advo·ca·cy noun
  • pre·advo·ca·cy noun
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Word History and Origins

Origin of advocacy1

First recorded in 1375–1425; late Middle English advocacye, from Medieval Latin advocātia; advocate, -acy
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Example Sentences

As a result of these groups’ efforts, elected Republicans are confronted with messaging and advocacy that paint the electorate as more conservative than it really is.

People conceived through donor insemination are matching with half-siblings, tracking down their donors, forming networks and advocacy organizations.

A crop of families, doctors and advocacy groups have advocated for an expansion in visitation, citing isolation that can trigger a decline in health.

Environmental advocacy groups think the city is low-balling itself from the get-go.

The road to the ruling confirming that belief involved years of advocacy and many losses – and while this decision is a landmark in that effort, more legal work remains to be done to determine the full scope of LGBTQ workers’ rights.

In Uganda, legislators are considering further criminalization of LGBT advocacy and same-sex relationships.

It was one of the first organizations in the building, along with the Services and Advocacy for GLBT Elders (SAGE).

Meanwhile advocacy groups like GLAAD help rid our larger culture of hidden biases and bigotry.

State officials were not amused, and are suing the advocacy group for copyright infringement.

Soft money—unlimited contributions to party committees made in support of fuzzy “issue advocacy” rather than campaigns—ruled.

His strong advocacy of Jefferson's agrarian program gained him a reading audience of farmers as well as statesmen.

I see and hear no advocacy of Socialism whose burden is not the uplift of humanity.

The day after his advocacy of the American petitions before the Privy Council, he was dismissed from office.

Why the Times gave such earnest advocacy to the slaveholders may be inferred from what follows.

Under the leadership of the tribune Sulpicius the popular party was induced to take up the advocacy of the claims of the Italians.


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