the act of pleading for, supporting, or recommending; active espousal:
He was known for his advocacy of states’ rights.
Contemporary Examples

Their advocacy of the “full” right of return of Palestinian refugees means an end to Jewish Israel.
If You Want Two States, Support BDS Kathleen Peratis October 15, 2013

But Robert Weissman, head of the advocacy group Public Citizen, found this distinction “not only meaningless [but] irrational.”
Obama Reverses Himself and Takes Corporate Money for Second Inaugural Ben Jacobs December 7, 2012

Voices for Sudan, a US based Sudanese advocacy group, claims that many Sudanese are now facing starvation in Israel.
The Refugee I Know Stephen Slater June 6, 2012

This crossed the line, the university said, between education about LGBT people (permitted) and advocacy for them (forbidden).
Catholic University’s Harvey Milk Ban Reflects A Church In Transition Jay Michaelson October 2, 2014

Lest anyone mistake the exploration of concepts here for any sort of advocacy for violence, he or she has missed the point.
A Novel for Our Time Claire Howorth April 29, 2010

Historical Examples

There is another so-called theory of advocacy, which we will state in the words of Bishop Warburton.
Blackwood’s Edinburgh Magazine, Volume 58, No. 359, September 1845 Various

The way to ensure my advocacy will certainly not be by attacking an old and dear friend!
Luttrell Of Arran Charles James Lever

It seems to me that the advocacy of the verbal theory of inspiration comes perilously near to the sin against the Holy Ghost.
Who Wrote the Bible? Washington Gladden

He failed of reelection in 1831 because of his advocacy of reform.
A Budget of Paradoxes, Volume I (of II) Augustus De Morgan

Erskine’s advocacy was marked by that attention to trifles which has often contributed to the success of distinguished artists.
A Book About Lawyers John Cordy Jeaffreson

noun (pl) -cies
active support, esp of a cause

late 14c., from Old French avocacie (14c.), from Medieval Latin advocatia, noun of state from Latin advocatus (see advocate (n.)).


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