Solicitation is a request for something, usually money. If you buy a fancy new house, expect a phone call from the local charity with a solicitation for a donation.

Solicitation comes from solicit, which means "to request," or "to entreat." So solicitation is the act of requesting. There are three kinds of solicitation. One is asking for money, like when someone goes door-to-door trying to collect money for a cause. In law, solicitation means encouraging someone to commit a crime. Solicitation can also mean making a plea to someone with power to grant a request or favor, like your solicitation to the traffic judge to dismiss your ticket.

Definitions of solicitation

n an entreaty addressed to someone of superior status

“a solicitation to the king for relief”
beggary, begging, mendicancy
a solicitation for money or food (especially in the street by an apparently penniless person)
the act of soliciting money (as a gift or loan)
importunity, urgency, urging
insistent solicitation and entreaty
Type of:
appeal, entreaty, prayer
earnest or urgent request

n request for a sum of money

appeal, collection, ingathering
(British) solicitation of money usually for a benevolent purpose
Type of:
petition, postulation, request
a formal message requesting something that is submitted to an authority

n the act of enticing a person to do something wrong (as an offer of sex in return for money)

Type of:
enticement, temptation
the act of influencing by exciting hope or desire

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