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’
    • ‘Civic awareness can take a number of forms, from advocacy of a democratic constitution to worker education.’
    • ‘There is indeed scope for persuasion and advocacy of tolerance, and much has changed in this respect.’
    • ‘He is outspoken in advocacy of the death penalty, an issue over which I have respectfully jousted with him twice.’
    • ‘One key element in this regard involved the movement's advocacy of Arab unity.’
    • ‘Nor should we forget his long-standing advocacy of studying material culture.’
    • ‘This story notably does not mention any advocacy of involuntary organ donation.’
    • ‘His advocacy of free market principles has had a significant impact on governments and people across the globe.’
    • ‘It promised ruthless pragmatism about means, but has become dogmatic in its advocacy of the private sector.’
    • ‘This is a woman of some strange but fiercely-held opinions, who is zealous in her advocacy of animal rights.’
    • ‘He also pointed to his advocacy of democracy and the end of the regime there.’
    • ‘After the return of the students, he continued his advocacy of reforms.’
    • ‘I am not in favour of the State getting involved in advocacy of this sort, Minister.’
    • ‘The guy has become rich and famous through public advocacy of an unhealthy lifestyle.’
    • ‘His advocacy of public-private partnerships has also been a leitmotif of his Treasury years.’
    • ‘His bullish and untiring advocacy of the Government and its policies may not be to everyone's taste.’
    • ‘The government wanted an unclassified document on which it could draw in its advocacy of its policy.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Wearing another hat, he is also well known in these columns for his advocacy of the death penalty.’
    • ‘Nevertheless, it highlights the dangers of naive advocacy of urban consolidation as a panacea.’
    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 Crown lawyers know of the Chief Justice's advocacy, and not one of them took objection to the case.’
    • ‘A lawyer with a legal advocacy group said the appeal is a misuse of taxpayers' money.’
    • ‘The successful prosecution of the case for children and adolescents demands effective advocacy.’
    • ‘The defendant law firm is a trial advocacy firm that does primarily personal injury litigation for plaintiffs.’
    • ‘That he has not in the end succeeded is no reflection on his sustained advocacy.’
    • ‘It is only advocacy at the inquest that is an excluded service.’
    • ‘In such cases, I find an element of legal advocacy present which does not become an expert's testimony.’
    • ‘Over the years, Marie was acknowledged for her advocacy and dedication to the profession.’
    • ‘The law allowing plaintiffs to recover legal fees in advocacy lawsuits has been on the books for a long time.’
    • ‘You would not need much experience of advocacy to be able to prepare this case for a special leave application.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘His willingness to embark upon detailed research was closer to advocacy than to the approach of an objective expert.’
    • ‘No longer will he grace our courts with superb advocacy and inspired legal reasoning.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘It will enhance life skills in communication, negotiation and advocacy.’
    • ‘But I have found no suggestion that it has changed standards of advocacy for the worse.’


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