• WordNet 3.6
    • n solicitation the act of enticing a person to do something wrong (as an offer of sex in return for money)
    • n solicitation request for a sum of money "an appeal to raise money for starving children"
    • n solicitation an entreaty addressed to someone of superior status "a solicitation to the king for relief"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Solicitation Excitement; invitation; as, the solicitation of the senses.
    • Solicitation The act of soliciting; earnest request; persistent asking; importunity.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n solicitation The act of soliciting. Excitation; invitation; temptation; allurement; enticement; disturbing effect.
    • n solicitation In criminal law:
    • n solicitation The inciting of another to commit a crime.
    • n solicitation The enticing of a man by a prostitute in a public place.
    • n solicitation Endeavor to influence by bribery.
    • n solicitation An earnest request; a seeking with some degree of zeal and earnestness to obtain something from another: as, the solicitation of a favor.
    • n solicitation (d ) Advocacy.
    • n solicitation Synonyms Entreaty, supplication, importunity, appeal, petition, suit.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • Solicitation a soliciting: earnest request: invitation
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  • Daniel Webster
    “Labor in this country is independent and proud. It has not to ask the patronage of capital, but capital solicits the aid of labor.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
F. sollicitation, or L. sollicitatio,
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Fr. solliciter—L. sollicitāresollicitussollus, whole, citus, aroused—ciēre, to cite.


In literature:

Burr encouraged personal revelation and solicited confidential opinions.
"A Dream of Empire" by William Henry Venable
Upon this she came to solicit a fire-steel and kettle.
"Narrative of a Journey to the Shores of the Polar Sea, in the years 1819-20-21-22, Volume 2" by John Franklin
What can I solicit, nay, require even?
"The Vicomte de Bragelonne" by Alexandre Dumas
Her consent makes no difference, and even the solicitation of the act on the part of the child will not exonerate the accused.
"Aids to Forensic Medicine and Toxicology" by W. G. Aitchison Robertson
The states of Holland were solicited to the same purpose.
"The History of England in Three Volumes, Vol.II. From William and Mary to George II." by Tobias Smollett
I undertook it for the welfare of our country, and I come to solicit your advice.
"Napoleon and the Queen of Prussia" by L. Mühlbach,
Nor was the feeling induced by any solicitation on the part of Mr. Davis or his friends.
"The Rise and Fall of the Confederate Government, Vol. 1 (of 2)" by Jefferson Davis
Densuke did not wait to ascertain the nature of her solicitation.
"The Yotsuya Kwaidan or O'Iwa Inari" by James S. De Benneville
Carried away by the gust of passion, incited by the lover's presence and solicitation, yet Shimo's filial duty kept her person pure.
"Bakemono Yashiki (The Haunted House)" by James S. De Benneville
By the table she knitted, watching the eating solicitously, and was by turns candid, sociable and saucy as a spoiled child.
"Villa Elsa" by Stuart Henry

In poetry:

Firmly resolv'd, his pen he takes;
Solicits aid sublime:
Then crams himself into a jakes,
To try his hand at rhyme.
"The Lover" by William Hutton
Solicitous for others' ends,
Though fond of dear repose;
Careless or drowsy with my friends,
And frolic with my foes.
"Farewell to London" by Alexander Pope
And yet, with all these facts at hand,
How friends, solicitous are we,
Weaving with care the silken band
As though 'twas for eternity.
"Valedictory On Leaving San Francisco, California." by James Madison Bell
Fain would I shake thee off, but weak am I
Thy strong solicitations to withstand.
Plenty of work lies ready to my hand,
Which rests irresolute, and lets it lie.
"Indolence" by Robert Fuller Murray
If her request his ears should greet,
He finds denial vastly sweet:
For self-importance would be wanted,
Were her solicitations granted.
For power and beauty, and your shoes,
Are not to lie by, but to use.
"Reconciliation" by William Hutton
"The Court Retainers, Sir, abound;
Places for not one-third are found.
The vermin hatch, and become pests,
Sooner than we can find them nests.
Then let solicitations end--
No nest is vacant for your friend."
"Preferment" by William Hutton

In news:

The Federal Election Commission unanimously voted on Oct 11, 2007, to give the American Kennel Club (AKC) the right to form a political action committee ( PAC ) that can solicit money from its members.
Yaron Segal, MIT researcher, commits suicide in custody after bust for soliciting sex with children.
Board member Johnny Allen says he got a call from a group soliciting donations for a magic show and mentioned the Boys and Girls Club.
Both Sherman and Denison Boys and Girls Club directors got wind Thursday of a phone scammer soliciting donations, claiming to be with the organization.
InfoComm and the AIA will be responsible for the solicitation of products and services required for the completion of the project in cooperation with the selected consultant.
The Board will be soliciting applications for committee members through December 24, 2012.
San Bernardino to solicit Sheriff's Department proposal for policing.
The City Council on Monday will consider a recommendation to solicit a proposal from the Sheriff's Department on what it would cost to contract with the county law enforcement agency for policing services.
In an email to Republican "friends," GOP vice presidential nominee Paul Ryan called for Attorney General Eric Holder's resignation, while soliciting donations.
Officer allegedly solicited bribe for traffic citations.
An undercover APD officer says he nabbed a father soliciting a prostitute who had left his 3 small children alone in a cold car in a motel parking lot.
FDA solicits comment on custom device review.
Dart says a jail inmate solicited the murders of witnesses in an upcoming trial.
Trustees will solicit for bids this week to fix sections of River Road damaged by Tropical Storm Irene, although work will proceed differently from what was originally outlined last spring.
Members solicit contributions all the time.

In science:

In explicit user modeling, evaluations and pro files [25 ] are provided directly by users to declare preferences in response to solicitations for data such as surveys.
A Connection-Centric Survey of Recommender Systems Research
With the proposed MAC-layer, the MAC-level throughput is guaranteed whenever medium solicitation is important. We can conclude on the real deterministic aspect of the proposed MAC method.
Prototyping and Performance Analysis of a QoS MAC Layer for Industrial Wireless Network
Inst ead, the machines controlled by the attacker would solicit traffic from a possibly large number of innocen t victims, which are usually trustworthy (say, a reputable website hosted by the national government).
Efficient Defence against Misbehaving TCP Receiver DoS Attacks
This is perhaps the most dominant model in the early days of Web 2.0, when sites like and Flickr were just starting, and they were all soliciting users’ profiles and social connections on their own.
SocialScope: Enabling Information Discovery on Social Content Sites
An arriving node is allocated neighbors among the active participating nodes10 , which accept the solicited connection unless they have already reached their maximum number of neighbors.
Subspace Properties of Network Coding and their Applications