Definition of attorney in English:



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

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

    • ‘The condemned inmate's attorney is often forced to play the role of counselor.’
    • ‘About two dozen women qualified as attorneys by the end of the decade.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Well, I think he is going to rely on the counsel of his attorneys.’
    • ‘I urged her to seek the services of an attorney through legal aid.’
    • ‘Be sure to check with your attorney on these matters before making any decisions.’
    • ‘In addition, many local libraries have legal dictionaries that list attorneys and their areas of expertise in and around your state.’
    • ‘Both have argued numerous cases before the Supreme Court, including as attorneys in the solicitor general's office.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘This all plays to the core competence of business attorneys.’
    • ‘Often we'd go brief stretches with no attorney on staff.’
    • ‘He hired five attorneys to give legal advice and negotiated a one-month extension to the deadline.’
    • ‘She was brought to the office one day so the counselors and attorneys could work with her.’
    • ‘The company is seeking an intellectual property staff attorney for its legal team.’
    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).