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