[ ev-uh-key-shuh n, ee-voh-key- ]
/ ˌɛv əˈkeɪ ʃən, ˌi voʊˈkeɪ- /


an act or instance of evoking; a calling forth: the evocation of old memories.
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.

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 confused

avocation evocation
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British Dictionary definitions for evocation


/ (ˌɛvəˈkeɪʃən) /


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

Word Origin for evocation

C17: from Latin ēvocātiō a calling forth, from ēvocāre to evoke
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Medicine definitions for evocation


[ ĕv′ə-kāshən, ē′və- ]


The induction of a particular tissue produced by the action of an evocator during embryogenesis.
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