1. the act of soliciting.
  2. entreaty, urging, or importunity; a petition or request.
  3. enticement or allurement.
  4. Law.
    1. the crime of asking another to commit or to aid in a crime.
    2. the act of a prostitute soliciting in a public place.

late 15c., “management,” from Middle French solicitation and directly from Latin solicitationem (nominative solicitatio) “vexation, disturbance, instigation,” noun of action from past participle stem of solicitare (see solicit). Meaning “action of soliciting” is from 1520s. Specific sexual sense is from c.1600.

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