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[ev-uh-key-shuh n, ee-voh-key-]
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  1. an act or instance of evoking; a calling forth: the evocation of old memories.
  2. Law. (formerly) an action of a court in summoning a case from another, usually lower, court for purposes of complete review and decision, as on an appeal in which the issue is incidental or procedural and the court of first instance has not yet rendered a decision on its merits; the removal of a case from one court to another.
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Origin of evocation

1400–50; late Middle English evocacioun < Latin ēvocātiōn- (stem of ēvocātiō) calling forth, out, equivalent to ēvocāt(us) (past participle of ēvocāre to evoke) + -iōn- -ion
Can be confusedavocation evocation
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invocation, summons, conjuration

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British Dictionary definitions for evocation


  1. the act or an instance of evoking
  2. French law the transference of a case from an inferior court for adjudication by a higher tribunal
  3. another word for induction (def. 6)
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Word Origin

C17: from Latin ēvocātiō a calling forth, from ēvocāre to evoke
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Word Origin and History for evocation


1570s, from Latin evocationem (nominative evocatio), noun of action from past participle stem of evocare "call out, rouse, summon," from ex- "out" (see ex-) + vocare "to call" (see voice (n.)).

Evocation was used of the Roman custom of petitioning the gods of an enemy city to abandon it and come to Rome; it also was used to translate the Platonic Greek anamnesis "a calling up of knowledge acquired in a previous state of existence."

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evocation in Medicine


(ĕv′ə-kāshən, ē′və-)
  1. The induction of a particular tissue produced by the action of an evocator during embryogenesis.
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