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ad·vo·cate

 (ăd′və-kāt′)
v. ad·vo·cat·ed, ad·vo·cat·ing, ad·vo·cates
v.tr.
To speak, plead, or argue in favor of: advocate a vegan diet. See Synonyms at support.
v.intr.
Usage Problem To act as an advocate: advocated for her patients; advocated for more stringent crime laws.
n. (-kĭt)
1. One that argues for a cause; a supporter or defender: an advocate of civil rights.
2. One that pleads in another's behalf; an intercessor: advocates for abused children and spouses.
3. A lawyer.

[From Middle English advocat, lawyer, from Old French advocat, from Latin advocātus, past participle of advocāre, to summon for counsel : ad-, ad- + vocāre, to call; see wekw- in Indo-European roots.]

ad′vo·ca′tion n.
ad′vo·ca′tive, ad·voc′a·to′ry (ăd-vŏk′ə-tôr′ē, ăd′və-kə-) adj.
ad′vo·ca′tor n.
Usage Note: The standard form of the verb advocate is transitive, meaning "endorse" or "argue for," as in The teacher advocated a new educational technique, which was accepted by 85 percent of the Usage Panel in our 2014 survey. Many readers balk when the verb is used to express the same meaning in an intransitive form with the preposition for: less than half (45 percent) of the Panel approved of The teacher advocated for a new educational technique. The intransitive is more acceptable, however, when the object of for is the beneficiary of the advocacy rather than the idea or action being advocated: two-thirds of the Panel approved The teacher advocated for her at-risk students. A careful writer will use transitive advocate in sentences indicating the idea or action, restricting the intransitive to sentences indicating the beneficiaries.
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Congress brought the GST, we continue to be advocatory and supporters of GST.
20) The epitome of all those extrinsic advocatory acts, however, is the short lecture in which Kafka speaks in front of the audience of German-speaking, mostly Jewish guests, before Lowy's performance, and supposedly aims to dispel all preconceptions, even "Angst Vor dem Jargon" (N1188).
Tax services are frequently more advocatory than management advisory services--should the author's arguments also be made here?
This essay, like the lectures upon which it was based, is both a pedagogical and advocatory in purpose.