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What's a good adjective that means something similar to "advocate"? For instance, "He is an advocate. He's _____."

Proactive and practical are not quite the right sense -- proactive ignores the spokesman aspect, and practical ignores the vocal aspect.

Does English have any adjectives that express the same idea as "advocate"?

  • How 'bout evangelistic – Jim Feb 11 '15 at 5:12
  • Evangelist(ic) has a negative connotation that advocate (and its synonyms like champion) don't share. – plt Feb 13 '15 at 21:27
  • I guess it depends on what context. In the software world a software evangelist has no negative connotations that I know of. And since any English word can be given a negative bent simply by the tone of voice it's spoken with, I don't know that anyone will be able to provide a truly positive word. – Jim Feb 13 '15 at 21:38
  • Hm. I find "software evangelist" to indicate zealotry and substantial bias, not neutral affect. You've uncovered for me that I am the one who finds such bias a negative, though. Perhaps a better way to express this is that "advocate" also suggests a level of neutrality or non-emotionality that I'm not finding in any possible synonyms. I'm coming to the conclusion that an adjective that hits the idea of "vocal about support for something, not relying on emotional resonance" doesn't actually exist (unless one resorts to adjectives awkwardly built from the root). – plt Feb 16 '15 at 18:22
  • Did you just sneak in "neutral effect"? I don't think an advocate is neutral- they are biased toward whatever they're advocating- or they wouldn't be advocating it. – Jim Feb 16 '15 at 18:28
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Advocatory should be good enough for an adjective. Meaning does say 'characteristic of an advocate'.

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    Probably advocatorial is what fits in OP's fill-in-the-blank. – Jim Feb 11 '15 at 5:12
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    True, but neither is used in common English. – plt Feb 13 '15 at 21:28
  • I woulda said "advocative". – Hot Licks Apr 8 '19 at 20:14
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According to Dictionary.com the adj form for Advocate is Advocative.

advocate
RELATED FORMS
ad·vo·ca·tive , adjective
ad·vo·ca·tor , noun
non·ad·vo·cate , noun
pre·ad·vo·cate , noun

  • This is the beginning of a good answer. It would be best to link to the source and then cite the relative information in a block quote. – Skooba Oct 10 '18 at 14:03
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  • I was just going to suggest this as a made-up word for this. Turns out it was not made up by me. I adjusted the answer as suggested last year. As long as plt does not return and select an answer (unlikely, since he has not been here for 4 years now), this question will keep coinmg back to the front page. – GEdgar Apr 8 '19 at 19:27

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