ad·vo·ca·cy /'ad-və-kə-sē/ n
1: the profession or work of an advocate
2: the action of advocating, pleading for, or supporting a cause or proposal
a consequence of his moving advocacy — W. O. Douglas

Merriam-Webster’s Dictionary of Law. . 1996.

I noun active espousal, advancement, advice, aid, approbation, approval, assistance, auspices, backing, championship, constructive criticism, countenance, defense, encouragement, endorsement, forceful persuasion, furtherance, guidance, help, intercession, interest, patronage, plea, praise, promotion, recommendation, sanction, seconding, sponsorship, subscription, suggestion, support, vindication, vouching, warranting II index advice, aid (help), assistance, behalf, direction (guidance), favor (sanction), guidance, persuasion, recommendation, representation (acting for others)

Burton's Legal Thesaurus. . 2006

Pleading or arguing for a cause.

The Essential Law Dictionary. — Sphinx Publishing, An imprint of Sourcebooks, Inc. . 2008.

n. Active support for a legal cause by argument and persuasion.

Webster's New World Law Dictionary. . 2000.

The act of pleading or arguing a case or a position; forceful persuasion.

Dictionary from West's Encyclopedia of American Law. 2005.

The act of pleading or arguing a case or a position; forceful persuasion.

Short Dictionary of (mostly American) Legal Terms and Abbreviations.

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