Definition of attorney general in US English:

attorney general

(also Atty. Gen., AG)

noun

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

    • ‘Yesterday, the Government asked the Attorney General for legal advice on the demolition of the flats.’
    • ‘The Attorney General applies for leave to refer the sentence to this Court and we hereby grant that leave.’
    • ‘Ultimately, the legal adviser in chief to the British government is the Attorney General.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘All Attorneys General have now provided responses.’
    • ‘While the Attorney General did not mention any precedent, his position is credible.’
    • ‘With the support of the Attorney General an injunction could be sought in proceedings for public nuisance.’
    • ‘The Attorney General's Advisory Committee was likewise opposed to opting in.’
    • ‘He said he was taken by surprise by the Attorney General's change of stance which had come very late.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The Attorney General should be involved in order to deal with any public interest issues that might arise.’
    • ‘Warrants would be approved by the Attorney General and a federal magistrate or a judge.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The refusal of the Government to publish the legal opinion of the Attorney General over the Iraq war is difficult to understand.’
    • ‘The party leader ended up in a war of words with the Attorney General over his advice to the government.’
    • ‘Yesterday, British politics was gripped by the release of the Attorney General's legal advice.’
    • ‘It is the view of the Attorney General that the total sentence of twelve years was, in all the circumstances, unduly lenient.’
    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.
      • ‘I well understand that the role of attorney general is to enforce the law as it is, not as I would have it.’
      • ‘We are joined now in Miami by Janet Reno, the former attorney general of the United States.’
      • ‘An attorney general must answer to the president, for he serves at his pleasure.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘As the attorney general, you have to be involved in the civil liberties of all Americans.’
      • ‘Because in some sense, the attorney general sets the moral tone for the country.’
      • ‘I mean, the attorney general of the United States still has ties to the home area.’
      • ‘It is now up to the attorney general to name a presidential prosecutor or independent counsel.’
      • ‘As attorney general he followed what he believed to be his constitutional duty.’
      • ‘If you ask the attorney general for an opinion, your request and that opinion are public record.’
      • ‘The attorney general addressed that today and did so in rather aggressive terms.’

Pronunciation

attorney general