Invocation In`vo*ca"tion, n. [F. invocation, L. invocatio.] [1913 Webster] 1. The act or form of calling for the assistance or presence of some superior being; earnest and solemn entreaty; esp., prayer offered to a divine being. [1913 Webster]

Sweet invocation of a child; most pretty and pathetical! --Shak. [1913 Webster]

The whole poem is a prayer to Fortune, and the invocation is divided between the two deities. --Addison. [1913 Webster]

2. (Law) A call or summons; especially, a judicial call, demand, or order; as, the invocation of papers or evidence into court. [1913 Webster]

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  • invocation — in·vo·ca·tion /ˌin və kā shən/ n 1: a calling upon for authority or justification 2: an act of legal implementation an invocation of the contract clause Merriam Webster’s Dictionary of Law. Merriam Webster. 1996 …   Law dictionary

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