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Borrowed from Old French invocacion, from Latin invocatio, invocationem.



invocation (countable and uncountable, plural invocations)

  1. The act or form of calling for the assistance or presence of some superior being, especially prayer offered to a divine being.
  2. (chiefly law) A call or summons, especially a judicial call, demand, or order.
    the invocation of papers or evidence into court
  3. (law) An act of invoking or claiming a legal right.
    • 2007, Criminal Procedure, →ISBN:
      McNeil (D) contended that his courtroom appearance with an attorney for the West Allis crime constituted an invocation of his Miranda right to counsel and that his subsequent waiver during police-initiated questioning regarding the Caledonia crime was invalid.
    • 2008, Jan Kittrich, The Right of Individual Self-Defense in Public International Law, →ISBN:
      As a matter of legal principle, the State should report whether all the necessary conditions for the invocation of the right of self-defense were existent.
    • 2014, Naomi Murakawa, The First Civil Right: How Liberals Built Prison America, →ISBN:
      This chapter might have been titled “The First 'First Civil Right'”: before Richard Nixon's 1968 invocation of the right to protection from (black) crime, Truman Democrats advocated protection from (white) lawlessness as the first essential right.
  4. (programming) The act of invoking something, such as a function call.

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From Old French invocacion, borrowed from Latin invocātiōnem, accusative form of invocātiō.


invocation f (plural invocations)

  1. invocation

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