Definition of advocacy in English:



  • 1Public support for or recommendation of a particular cause or policy:

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

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


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