Definition of attorney in US English:



  • 1A person appointed to act for another in business or legal matters.

    • ‘You and your attorney should understand your business situation thoroughly before you decide on a license.’
    • ‘And most are defended not by private attorneys but by public defenders or appointed lawyers.’
    • ‘Other important intermediaries were legal attorneys, who represented the Christian groups in their dealings with the state.’
    • ‘Criminal defendants have no right to court appointment of an attorney and no right to a jury trial.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The court would appoint public attorneys to represent Estrada.’
    • ‘According to attorneys who represent these defendants, the pressure on men to confess to what the government wants is enormous.’
    • ‘An attorney can be appointed by signing a deed which is in place immediately.’
    • ‘A judge was elected, attorneys were appointed, and witnesses were interviewed.’
    • ‘Military officials at the Pentagon declined to describe their legal status, or say whether they are represented by attorneys.’
    • ‘Defence attorneys and lawyers for the Arab Commission for Human Rights described the case as a sham because of the lack of evidence.’
    • ‘We'll hear from his defense attorney and the lawyer representing his murdered wife's family.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘It's time for prosecutors and plaintiffs' attorneys to move forward with renewed vigor.’
    deputy, representative, substitute, delegate, agent, surrogate, stand-in, ambassador, emissary, go-between, envoy, frontman
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  • 2US A lawyer.

    • ‘Then we'll get legal perspective from two attorneys who have been involved in the case.’
    • ‘The condemned inmate's attorney is often forced to play the role of counselor.’
    • ‘In addition, many local libraries have legal dictionaries that list attorneys and their areas of expertise in and around your state.’
    • ‘He hired five attorneys to give legal advice and negotiated a one-month extension to the deadline.’
    • ‘Be sure to check with your attorney on these matters before making any decisions.’
    • ‘I urged her to seek the services of an attorney through legal aid.’
    • ‘Both have argued numerous cases before the Supreme Court, including as attorneys in the solicitor general's office.’
    • ‘She was brought to the office one day so the counselors and attorneys could work with her.’
    • ‘Well, I think he is going to rely on the counsel of his attorneys.’
    • ‘As you reach your twilight years, meeting with a qualified attorney to develop an estate plan is a priority.’
    • ‘The union is planning to consult attorneys about legal action.’
    • ‘Often we'd go brief stretches with no attorney on staff.’
    • ‘The company is seeking an intellectual property staff attorney for its legal team.’
    • ‘The Justice Foundation will help match you with attorneys who will help prepare and file your brief.’
    • ‘This all plays to the core competence of business attorneys.’
    • ‘About two dozen women qualified as attorneys by the end of the decade.’
    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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Middle English: from Old French atorne, past participle of atorner ‘assign’, from a ‘towards’ + torner ‘to turn’ (see attorn).