Definition of attorney general in English:

attorney general

nounPlural attorneys general, Plural Attorneys General

  • 1The principal legal officer who represents the Crown or a state in legal proceedings and gives legal advice to the government.

    • ‘The refusal of the Government to publish the legal opinion of the Attorney General over the Iraq war is difficult to understand.’
    • ‘The Attorney General should be involved in order to deal with any public interest issues that might arise.’
    • ‘The Attorney General submits that the Judge was wrong in respect of both rulings.’
    • ‘He said he was taken by surprise by the Attorney General's change of stance which had come very late.’
    • ‘With the support of the Attorney General an injunction could be sought in proceedings for public nuisance.’
    • ‘Ultimately, the legal adviser in chief to the British government is the Attorney General.’
    • ‘All Attorneys General have now provided responses.’
    • ‘I have made an application to the Attorney General notifying him of the intended legal proceedings.’
    • ‘The question posed by the Attorney General in this reference is in very wide terms.’
    • ‘A new Code of Practice on disclosure has been published and the Attorney General has issued revised guidelines.’
    • ‘Warrants would be approved by the Attorney General and a federal magistrate or a judge.’
    • ‘The Attorney General's Advisory Committee was likewise opposed to opting in.’
    • ‘He said the team would impose pressure on the Attorney General's Office to speed up its investigation.’
    • ‘Yesterday, British politics was gripped by the release of the Attorney General's legal advice.’
    • ‘The Attorney General applies for leave to refer the sentence to this Court and we hereby grant that leave.’
    • ‘It is the view of the Attorney General that the total sentence of twelve years was, in all the circumstances, unduly lenient.’
    • ‘The party leader ended up in a war of words with the Attorney General over his advice to the government.’
    • ‘Yesterday, the Government asked the Attorney General for legal advice on the demolition of the flats.’
    • ‘While the Attorney General did not mention any precedent, his position is credible.’
    • ‘He accused the Government of hiding behind advice from the Attorney General.’
    lawyer, legal representative, legal practitioner, legal executive, notary, notary public, advocate, attorney
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    1. 1.1 The head of the US Department of Justice.
      • ‘The attorney general of the United States had a press conference just a short time ago.’
      • ‘As attorney general he followed what he believed to be his constitutional duty.’
      • ‘I think that he is going to be a great attorney general of the United States.’
      • ‘He will be the first Hispanic attorney general of the United States.’
      • ‘So why does it matter if the attorney general is a highly ambitious character?’
      • ‘She added that she doubts that politics would play a part in the attorney general's decision.’
      • ‘We need an attorney general in charge of enforcement over in the Justice Department.’
      • ‘If you ask the attorney general for an opinion, your request and that opinion are public record.’
      • ‘I mean, the attorney general of the United States still has ties to the home area.’
      • ‘I well understand that the role of attorney general is to enforce the law as it is, not as I would have it.’
      • ‘It is now up to the attorney general to name a presidential prosecutor or independent counsel.’
      • ‘The attorney general addressed that today and did so in rather aggressive terms.’
      • ‘As the attorney general, you have to be involved in the civil liberties of all Americans.’
      • ‘An attorney general must answer to the president, for he serves at his pleasure.’
      • ‘Because in some sense, the attorney general sets the moral tone for the country.’
      • ‘We are joined now in Miami by Janet Reno, the former attorney general of the United States.’

Pronunciation

attorney general

/əˌtəːni ˈdʒɛnrəl/