Definition of lawyerly in US English:



  • See lawyer

    • ‘His lawyerly grasp of a brief on every subject gives him the edge over questioners every time.’
    • ‘Eventually they believe that there must be something to the charges because the endless parsing of it sounds lawyerly, desperate and boring.’
    • ‘The letters he sent to his captors, often in shaky, hard-to-read handwriting, reveal the lawyerly and uncompromising precision of his approach.’
    • ‘The West's appreciation for the rule of law can be seen in the lawyerly parsing of targets to ensure that they are valid and military in nature.’
    • ‘Putting witnesses under oath induces them to weigh every word with lawyerly care rather than freely volunteer information.’
    • ‘In practice, this lawyerly distinction hasn't worked.’