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Ethics noun A person who acts on the behalf of or speaks for another—e.g., for a cause or plea, often in the context of a legal proceeding.
verb To act or speak for another person or group of persons.
Law A person who speaks on behalf of others, protecting their rights.
MedspeakUK A person who can support a service user or carer through contact with health services. Advocates will attend meetings with patients and help service users or carers to express concerns or wishes to health care professionals. Although many people can act as an advocate (friend, relative, member of staff), advocacy services can be accessed through an NHS Trust.
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Ethics noun (pron. ad´ ve ket) A person who acts on the behalf of or speaks for another–eg, for a cause or plea. See Amicus curiæ verb (pron. ad ve ka´t) To act or speak for another person or group of person
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nursing A person who speaks on behalf of another.
[L. advocatus, counsel, supporter, fr. advoco, to consult]
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