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Definition: Advocate


Quick Summary of Advocate

A general term for a legal professional who represents a client’s legal interests in the courtroom. This term has no particular standing in English law, but is used in Scotland as the equivalent of ‘barrister’.

What is the dictionary definition of Advocate?

Dictionary Definition

  1. Someone whose job is to speak for someone’s case in a court of law; a counsel.
  2. Anyone who argues the case of another; an intercessor.
  3. A person who speaks in support of something.
  4. A person who supports others to make their voices heard, or ideally for them to speak up for themselves.
  5. To plead in favour of; to defend by argument, before a tribunal or the public; to support, vindicate, or recommend publicly.
  6. To encourage support for something.
  7. To engage in advocacy.

Full Definition of Advocate

An advocate is one who speaks on behalf of another, especially in a legal context. Implicit in the concept is the notion that the represented lacks the knowledge, skill, ability, or standing to speak for themselves. Common advocates include lawyers, activists, and public relations consultants.

Examples of Advocate in a sentence

Since she started working with her advocate, she has become much more confident.
We have been advocating for changes in immigration law.
I like trees, but I do not advocate living in them.

Advocate FAQ's

What does Advocate mean?

To support or defend by argument; to recommend publicly. An individual who presents or argues another’s case; one who gives legal advice and pleads the cause of another before a court or tribunal; a counselor. A person admitted to the practice of law who advises clients of their legal rights and argues their cases in court.

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Modern Language Association (MLA):
Advocate. Payroll & Accounting Heaven Ltd.
August 16, 2022
Chicago Manual of Style (CMS):
Advocate. Payroll & Accounting Heaven Ltd. (accessed: August 16, 2022).
American Psychological Association (APA):
Advocate. Retrieved August 16, 2022
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Definition Sources

Definitions for Advocate are sourced/syndicated and enhanced from:

  • A Dictionary of Economics (Oxford Quick Reference)
  • Oxford Dictionary Of Accounting
  • Oxford Dictionary Of Business & Management

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