Definition of attorney general in English:

attorney general

noun

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

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

Pronunciation:

attorney general

/əˌtəːni ˈdʒɛnrəl/