solicitation

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
  1. noun
    an entreaty addressed to someone of superior status
    “a solicitation to the king for relief”
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    types:
    beggary, begging, mendicancy
    a solicitation for money or food (especially in the street by an apparently penniless person)
    touch
    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
  2. noun
    request for a sum of money
    synonyms: appeal, collection, ingathering
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    types:
    whip-round
    (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
  3. noun
    the act of enticing a person to do something wrong (as an offer of sex in return for money)
    synonyms: allurement
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    type of:
    enticement, temptation
    the act of influencing by exciting hope or desire
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