Definition of attorney in English:

attorney

noun

  • 1A person, typically a lawyer, appointed to act for another in business or legal matters.

    Compare with barrister, solicitor
    • ‘And most are defended not by private attorneys but by public defenders or appointed lawyers.’
    • ‘You and your attorney should understand your business situation thoroughly before you decide on a license.’
    • ‘An attorney can be appointed by signing a deed which is in place immediately.’
    • ‘In some states, a fifth of the attorneys who have represented defendants in capital cases have subsequently been suspended, disbarred or arrested.’
    • ‘The court would appoint public attorneys to represent Estrada.’
    • ‘We'll hear from his defense attorney and the lawyer representing his murdered wife's family.’
    • ‘The present system allows for an individual to be represented by a different attorney at each stage.’
    • ‘This one-sided provision has created bad incentives for attorneys and the litigants they represent.’
    • ‘It's time for prosecutors and plaintiffs' attorneys to move forward with renewed vigor.’
    • ‘The matter was then taken to the High Court, where attorneys acting on his behalf challenged the police as to why he was still in custody.’
    • ‘Defence attorneys and lawyers for the Arab Commission for Human Rights described the case as a sham because of the lack of evidence.’
    • ‘According to attorneys who represent these defendants, the pressure on men to confess to what the government wants is enormous.’
    • ‘Her appointed attorney was not immediately available for comment.’
    • ‘Criminal defendants have no right to court appointment of an attorney and no right to a jury trial.’
    • ‘Military officials at the Pentagon declined to describe their legal status, or say whether they are represented by attorneys.’
    • ‘A judge was elected, attorneys were appointed, and witnesses were interviewed.’
    • ‘Other important intermediaries were legal attorneys, who represented the Christian groups in their dealings with the state.’
    deputy, representative, substitute, delegate, agent, surrogate, stand-in, ambassador, emissary, go-between, envoy, frontman
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    1. 1.1US A qualified lawyer.
      • ‘The condemned inmate's attorney is often forced to play the role of counselor.’
      • ‘This all plays to the core competence of business attorneys.’
      • ‘She was brought to the office one day so the counselors and attorneys could work with her.’
      • ‘Both have argued numerous cases before the Supreme Court, including as attorneys in the solicitor general's office.’
      • ‘Be sure to check with your attorney on these matters before making any decisions.’
      • ‘The Justice Foundation will help match you with attorneys who will help prepare and file your brief.’
      • ‘Often we'd go brief stretches with no attorney on staff.’
      • ‘The company is seeking an intellectual property staff attorney for its legal team.’
      • ‘About two dozen women qualified as attorneys by the end of the decade.’
      • ‘Then we'll get legal perspective from two attorneys who have been involved in the case.’
      • ‘He hired five attorneys to give legal advice and negotiated a one-month extension to the deadline.’
      • ‘As you reach your twilight years, meeting with a qualified attorney to develop an estate plan is a priority.’
      • ‘I urged her to seek the services of an attorney through legal aid.’
      • ‘In addition, many local libraries have legal dictionaries that list attorneys and their areas of expertise in and around your state.’
      • ‘Well, I think he is going to rely on the counsel of his attorneys.’
      • ‘The union is planning to consult attorneys about legal action.’
      lawyer, legal practitioner, legal executive, legal adviser, legal representative, agent, member of the bar, advocate, counsel, counsellor, intercessor, defending counsel, prosecuting counsel
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    2. 1.2
      South African term for solicitor
      • ‘He confirmed to the Daily Dispatch yesterday that he had referred the matter to his attorneys.’
      • ‘Ferreiraa postponed the case to next Tuesday, when a legal aid attorney will be appointed.’
      • ‘An attorney was appointed on their behalf by the Legal Aid Board.’
      • ‘He referred all queries about the matter to his attorney.’
      • ‘Ndhlela is representing himself after numerous attorneys and advocates withdrew from the case.’

Origin

Middle English: from Old French atorne, past participle of atorner ‘assign’, from a ‘towards’ + torner ‘to turn’ (see attorn).

Pronunciation

attorney

/əˈtəːni/