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
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noun plural -cies
active support, esp of a cause
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late 14c., from Old French avocacie (14c.), from Medieval Latin advocatia, noun of state from Latin advocatus (see advocate (n.)).
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