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A Latin derivative for to call for help. Lay protector and legal representative of a monastery. In law, it is usually someone who pleads the cause of another before a court or tribunal; such as a lawyer. An officer who maintains or defends the rights of his client in the same manner as the counselor does in the common law. To plead in favor of; to defend by argument, before a tribunal or the public; to support, vindicate, or recommend publicly. One who pleads the cause of another. To act as advocate. 


Specifically: One who pleads the cause of another before a tribunal or judicial court; a counselor. In the English and American Law, advocate is the same as 'counsel,' 'counselor,' or 'barrister.' In the civil and ecclesiastical courts, the term signifies the same as 'counsel' at the common law. One who defends, vindicates, or espouses any cause by argument; a pleader; as, an advocate of free trade, an advocate of truth.

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