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Advocacy is a member of the word family advocate, included in the Academic Word List by Dr. Averil Coxhead, which contains the 570 most frequent word families used in academic texts from a variety of subject areas, of interest for students that learn the words most needed to study at tertiary institutions.

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Definition of the noun advocacy

What does advocacy mean as a name of something?

noun - plural: advocacies

  1. active support of an idea or cause etc.; especially the act of pleading or arguing for something
    • lexical domain: Acts - nouns denoting acts or actions
    • synonym of advocacy: protagonism
    • more generic word: support = aiding the cause or policy or interests of
    • more specific words:
      • drumbeat = a vehement and vociferous advocacy of a cause
      • insistence / insistency = the act of insisting on something
      • urging = the act of earnestly supporting or encouraging

Alternative definition of the noun advocacy


  1. the profession of an advocate
  2. the act of arguing in favour of, or supporting something
  3. the practice of supporting someone to make their voice heard


Advocacy is a political process by an individual or group which aims to influence decisions within political, economic, and social systems and institutions. Advocacy can include many activities that a person or organization undertakes including media campaigns, public speaking, commissioning and publishing research or conducting exit poll or the filing of an amicus brief. Lobbying is a form of advocacy where a direct approach is made to legislators on an issue which plays a significant role in modern politics. Research has started to address how advocacy groups in the U.S. and Canada are using social media to facilitate civic engagement and collective action.

  • also known as 倡導

Phrases with Advocacy

  1. advocacy group
  2. war advocacy
  3. Media Advocacy
  4. peace advocacy

Printed encyclopedias and other books with definitions for Advocacy

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Google previewNew Directions for Library Service to Young Adults (2002)

by Patrick Jones, Linda L. Waddle, Young Adult Library Services Association

Youth advocacy means believing that services for teens are a right, a given, and an indispensable part of the very business of every library, not an afterthought or a "special program." Youth advocacy means believing that every young person ...

Google previewChild Advocacy Within the System (1977)

by James L. Paul, G. Ronald Neufeld, John W. Pelosi

Child advocacy is an attempt at new alliances of professionals for children, the most notable addition of which is the lawyer. When the child's...

In a real sense, child advocacy is a social movement directed to the rights of children. It has social ...

Google previewThe Management of Non-Governmental Development Organizations (2006)

by David Lewis

advocacy is the attempt by NGOsas 'policy entrepreneurs' to ' prod government to do the right thing', thoughit can be astrategy which can be equally directedat the private sector. Advocacy NGOs differ from service delivery ...

Google previewPalliative Medicine (2008)

by T. Declan Walsh, Augusto T. Caraceni, Robin Fainsinger, Kathleen M. Foley, Paul Glare, Cynthia Goh, Mari Lloyd-Williams, Juan Nunez Olarte, Lukas Radbruch

Advocacy is the process of promoting or defending the rights of a particular person or group of people.1 More in-depth definitions...

Google previewMinding God's Business (2008)

by Ray S. Anderson

Advocacy is a further aspect of the practice of human ecology. What makes it a mark...

But advocacy is a quality of leadership whose absence is only noted when there is a critical need for it. When asked to...

Google previewNew Public Diplomacy in the 21st Century (2012)

A Comparative Study of Policy and Practice by James Pamment

Advocacy is the promotion of policies, ideas or interests to a foreign public in an attempt to influence opinion.

'Advocacy is a uni-directional transmission of information, often geared to meet short-term needs, and sometimes moved ...

Google previewCivil Society in Comparative Perspective (2009)

by Bernard Enjolras, Karl Henrik Sivesind

Advocacy is a broad concept that allows different interpretations. Mostly scientific studies in this area have been developed in the United States, where CSOs have a long tradition in advocating and lobbying (Andrews & Edwards, 2004).

Google previewHuman Rights and Human Well-Being (2010)

by William J. Talbott

But in the less than ideally just actual world, a right to freedom of expression that covers intolerant subversive advocacy is an improvement over the ideal version of the right that does not cover it. The same problem arises for a theory like ...

Google previewEncyclopedia of Canadian Social Work (2009)

by Francis J. Turner

Advocacy refers to that century-old commitment of social workers whereby practitioners...

Advocacy is a critically important concept in Canadian social work practice, representing one component of the social ...

Google previewThe SAGE Encyclopedia of Cancer and Society (2015)

by Graham A. Colditz

Price refers to the costs that audience members may incur in supporting the advocacy goal. An advocacy team must take into consideration the psychological , monetary, energy, and opportunity costs that audiences may face in supporting the ...

Google previewThe Sage Encyclopedia of Qualitative Research Methods: A-L ; Vol. 2, M-Z Index (2008)

Nonadvocacy research may also produce findings useful to advocates, but advocacy research has this goal as its raison d'être. This entry focuses on advocacy at the organizational level and on the role of qualitative research in furthering this ...

Google previewEncyclopedia of Public Health. 2 Vol. (2008)

by Wilhelm Kirch

Definition Advocacy is the act of arguing or pleading in favor of an issue or an idea that is thought to enhance the well-being of another person, a group or a population. It involves campaigning for political, regulatory or organizationalchange ...

Google previewThe Encyclopedia of Autism Spectrum Disorders (2007)

by Carol Turkington, Ruth Anan

org An autism advocacy organization dedicated to social justice for all citizens with autism, offering a shared vision and a commitment to positive ...

Google previewConcise Encyclopedia of Special Education (2004)

A Reference for the Education of the Handicapped and Other Exceptional Children and Adults by Cecil R. Reynolds, Elaine Fletcher-Janzen

ADVOCACY FOR CHILDREN WITH DISABILITIES 23 abling the leamer to organize and imerpret new information 1Mayer, 19791. Thus advance organizers prepare the leamer for the meaningful reception of new learning. They can either ...

Google previewEncyclopedia of Business Ethics and Society (2008)

by Robert W. Kolb

Corporate political advocacy addresses a firm's participation in the formulation of public policy at various levels of government. As the regulatory environment has become more intense and complex and as other changes have taken place in ...

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The option of solicitor advocacy came on the scene a bit too late for me. (Len G. Murray)
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Scrabble value of A1D2V4O1C3A1C3Y4

The value of this 8-letter word is 19 points. It is included in the first and second editions of the Official Scrabble Players Dictionary.

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