Definition of advocacy in English:



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

    ‘his outspoken advocacy of the agreement has won no friends’
    • ‘Wearing another hat, he is also well known in these columns for his advocacy of the death penalty.’
    • ‘His bullish and untiring advocacy of the Government and its policies may not be to everyone's taste.’
    • ‘After the return of the students, he continued his advocacy of reforms.’
    • ‘His advocacy of free market principles has had a significant impact on governments and people across the globe.’
    • ‘Civic awareness can take a number of forms, from advocacy of a democratic constitution to worker education.’
    • ‘Nevertheless, it highlights the dangers of naive advocacy of urban consolidation as a panacea.’
    • ‘I had not realized that advocacy of human nature was still so politically incorrect.’
    • ‘He also pointed to his advocacy of democracy and the end of the regime there.’
    • ‘The guy has become rich and famous through public advocacy of an unhealthy lifestyle.’
    • ‘It promised ruthless pragmatism about means, but has become dogmatic in its advocacy of the private sector.’
    • ‘Nor should we forget his long-standing advocacy of studying material culture.’
    • ‘One key element in this regard involved the movement's advocacy of Arab unity.’
    • ‘I am not in favour of the State getting involved in advocacy of this sort, Minister.’
    • ‘This story notably does not mention any advocacy of involuntary organ donation.’
    • ‘His advocacy of a Popular Front saw him expelled from the party in 1939.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘He is outspoken in advocacy of the death penalty, an issue over which I have respectfully jousted with him twice.’
    • ‘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.’
    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’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘His willingness to embark upon detailed research was closer to advocacy than to the approach of an objective expert.’
    • ‘He thinks the organization could also focus a lot more of its time on advocacy and legislation.’
    • ‘You would not need much experience of advocacy to be able to prepare this case for a special leave application.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘In such cases, I find an element of legal advocacy present which does not become an expert's testimony.’
    • ‘That he has not in the end succeeded is no reflection on his sustained advocacy.’
    • ‘A lawyer with a legal advocacy group said the appeal is a misuse of taxpayers' money.’
    • ‘The Crown lawyers know of the Chief Justice's advocacy, and not one of them took objection to the case.’
    • ‘It is only advocacy at the inquest that is an excluded service.’
    • ‘But I have found no suggestion that it has changed standards of advocacy for the worse.’
    • ‘Over the years, Marie was acknowledged for her advocacy and dedication to the profession.’
    • ‘No longer will he grace our courts with superb advocacy and inspired legal reasoning.’
    • ‘One way to help in this effort is through persistent and consistent professional advocacy.’


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