Meaning of advocacy in English:


Pronunciation /ˈadvəkəsi/

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mass noun
  • 1Public support for or recommendation of a particular cause or policy.

    ‘his outspoken advocacy of the agreement has won no friends’
    • ‘The guy has become rich and famous through public advocacy of an unhealthy lifestyle.’
    • ‘The government wanted an unclassified document on which it could draw in its advocacy of its policy.’
    • ‘His bullish and untiring advocacy of the Government and its policies may not be to everyone's taste.’
    • ‘His advocacy of public-private partnerships has also been a leitmotif of his Treasury years.’
    • ‘One key element in this regard involved the movement's advocacy of Arab unity.’
    • ‘He is outspoken in advocacy of the death penalty, an issue over which I have respectfully jousted with him twice.’
    • ‘Civic awareness can take a number of forms, from advocacy of a democratic constitution to worker education.’
    • ‘He also pointed to his advocacy of democracy and the end of the regime there.’
    • ‘His advocacy of free market principles has had a significant impact on governments and people across the globe.’
    • ‘This story notably does not mention any advocacy of involuntary organ donation.’
    • ‘Nevertheless, it highlights the dangers of naive advocacy of urban consolidation as a panacea.’
    • ‘There is indeed scope for persuasion and advocacy of tolerance, and much has changed in this respect.’
    • ‘This is a woman of some strange but fiercely-held opinions, who is zealous in her advocacy of animal rights.’
    • ‘After the return of the students, he continued his advocacy of reforms.’
    • ‘Wearing another hat, he is also well known in these columns for his advocacy of the death penalty.’
    • ‘I am not in favour of the State getting involved in advocacy of this sort, Minister.’
    • ‘It promised ruthless pragmatism about means, but has become dogmatic in its advocacy of the private sector.’
    • ‘I had not realized that advocacy of human nature was still so politically incorrect.’
    • ‘His advocacy of a Popular Front saw him expelled from the party in 1939.’
    • ‘Nor should we forget his long-standing advocacy of studying material culture.’
    support for, argument for, arguing for, calling for, pushing for, pressing for
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  • 2The profession or work of a legal advocate.

    ‘solicitors should have a record of advocacy in the lower courts’
    • ‘In such cases, I find an element of legal advocacy present which does not become an expert's testimony.’
    • ‘The law allowing plaintiffs to recover legal fees in advocacy lawsuits has been on the books for a long time.’
    • ‘His willingness to embark upon detailed research was closer to advocacy than to the approach of an objective expert.’
    • ‘One way to help in this effort is through persistent and consistent professional advocacy.’
    • ‘It is only advocacy at the inquest that is an excluded service.’
    • ‘No longer will he grace our courts with superb advocacy and inspired legal reasoning.’
    • ‘The defendant law firm is a trial advocacy firm that does primarily personal injury litigation for plaintiffs.’
    • ‘You would not need much experience of advocacy to be able to prepare this case for a special leave application.’
    • ‘This is clever advocacy, but I really do not think it addresses the real issue.’
    • ‘But I have found no suggestion that it has changed standards of advocacy for the worse.’
    • ‘That he has not in the end succeeded is no reflection on his sustained advocacy.’
    • ‘Her role involves providing advocacy and referral, counselling and activities for young people.’
    • ‘He thinks the organization could also focus a lot more of its time on advocacy and legislation.’
    • ‘A lawyer with a legal advocacy group said the appeal is a misuse of taxpayers' money.’
    • ‘Over the years, Marie was acknowledged for her advocacy and dedication to the profession.’
    • ‘The Crown lawyers know of the Chief Justice's advocacy, and not one of them took objection to the case.’
    • ‘It will enhance life skills in communication, negotiation and advocacy.’
    • ‘The successful prosecution of the case for children and adolescents demands effective advocacy.’


Late Middle English via Old French from medieval Latin advocatia, from advocare ‘summon, call to one's aid’ (see advocate).