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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.


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


nursing A person who speaks on behalf of another.
[L. advocatus, counsel, supporter, fr. advoco, to consult]


n 1. in the medical field, a person who focuses on bolstering the patient's role and rights in making decisions about his or her health care.
2. one who assists another in legal matters; can be a professional or a layperson; may or may not work for a fee.
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Moreover, the distinction between advocatory acts and investigatory acts is not principled--it has been described as "inherently elusive and highly questionable.
Often this may be the gathering of broad cultural fragments into the Christian assembly, but it will also be advocatory apostolicity, praying with and for the community in which it is embedded, and offering those fragments to God in hope-filled prayer.
Their case garnered not only local media attention, but national and international interest due to a series of Wall Street Journal commentaries that excoriated the legal system that convicted them (Rabinowitz, 1995), a plethora of advocatory web sites that declared their innocence (D'Entremont, n.
The advocatory purpose of the Jalayir-namih comes through clearly when the poet contrasts the military valor of the crown prince with his pleasure-seeking father and his rapacious or lethargic brothers.