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with object Law. To summon (a legal action) from a lower court to a higher court, especially the papal Court of Rome. Compare "advocate", "advocation". Now historical.
Mid 16th century. From Middle French advoquer to summon (a legal action) to a court, to summon, call upon from classical Latin advocāre. Compare earlier revoke, provoke, etc.
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