Definition of solicitor in US English:



North American
  • 1A person who tries to obtain business orders, advertising, etc.; a canvasser.

    • ‘I think I have found the best way to handle telephone solicitors.’
    • ‘Telephone solicitors have no sense of privacy nor know when to call.’
    • ‘And if that's not bad enough, now I've got telephone solicitors calling me for charity donations.’
    • ‘There were a couple of computer solicitors, and Fred called a bunch of times.’
    • ‘I filled out the form, asking whether they actually used phone solicitors to sell account renewals.’
  • 2The chief law officer of a city, town, or government department.

    • ‘Chief Operating Officer David Sanko announced that Guy Matthews, Bucks County’s first full-time county solicitor, has submitted a letter of intent to retire.’
    • ‘He was chosen the first solicitor of the city, and a member of the first board of trustees of the public library.’
    • ‘The president of the United States and the vice president of the United States should not be the solicitors in chief.’
    1. 2.1British A member of the legal profession qualified to deal with conveyancing, the drawing up of wills, and other legal matters.
      • ‘Under a court-approved agreement, the Department of Trade and Industry paid standard fees to solicitors for each case they handled.’
      • ‘A council spokesman said it has instructed its solicitors to initiate legal proceedings to the High Court.’
      • ‘A solicitor was instructed to draw up a new will for the testator.’
      • ‘The chief state solicitor would then apply to the High Court for arrest warrants for the three, which would trigger a hearing of the court.’
      • ‘On 26th August 1997 her solicitors obtained an order for the transfer of the action to the High Court in London.’
      • ‘It was not for the bank to question the advice given as this was not a matter for them but a matter between the solicitor and his client.’
      • ‘Once the solicitors had been instructed, it seems to me that matters did proceed with sufficient expedition.’
      • ‘In this particular instance we are dealing with a solicitor and his client.’
      • ‘A town council has been reminded by a council solicitor to follow the rulebook after a complaint about one of its meetings.’
      • ‘The case concerned a claim for damages arising from the negligence of a solicitor instructed in a conveyancing transaction.’
      • ‘Should you be able to sue barristers and solicitors who are negligent in acting for you in a legal case?’
      • ‘The maximum level of compensation to be paid to clients by their solicitors for inadequate professional service is to be increased from April next year.’
      • ‘She had apparently instructed solicitors to deal with the matter on her behalf.’
      • ‘These hourly rates vary, but will certainly be less than London City solicitors ' fees for doing the same work.’
      • ‘That would be your solicitor's legal, professional duty, to act on your instructions.’
      • ‘Strict legal rules have to be followed by solicitors when dealing with clients' bills.’
      • ‘She was not represented by a solicitor at her last court appearance.’
      • ‘The two sides of the profession, barristers and solicitors, continue to exist, and both have expanded numerically.’
      • ‘If counsel is instructed by a solicitor who is in court, he too should be allowed to attend the discussion.’
      • ‘He had the benefit of legal aid to instruct, and did instruct, solicitors and counsel to represent him at his trial.’
      lawyer, legal representative, legal practitioner, legal executive, notary, notary public, advocate, attorney
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Late Middle English (denoting an agent or deputy): from Old French solliciteur, from solliciter (see solicit).