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Synonyms and Antonyms of counsel

  1. 1 a person whose profession is to conduct lawsuits for clients or to advise about legal rights and obligations <if you cannot afford counsel, one will be provided for you> Synonyms advocate, attorney, attorney-at-law, lawyer, counselor (or counsellor), counselor-at-law, legal eagleRelated Words cocounsel; district attorney, prosecuting attorney, prosecutor, solicitor; criminal lawyer, mouthpiece [slang], public defender, trial lawyer; solicitor; jurist; lawgiver, lawmaker, legislator, solon; ambulance chaser, pettifogger, Philadelphia lawyer, shyster

  2. 2 an opinion suggesting a wise or proper course of action <I suggest you take the teacher's counsel> Synonyms adjuration, admonishment, admonition, advice, guidance, inputRelated Words recommendation, suggestion; hint, pointer, tip; data, feedback, information; answer, solution; advisement, consideration, thought; alarm (also alarum), alert, caution, cautioning, expostulation, forewarning, remonstrance, remonstration, urging, warning; judgment (or judgement), observation, verdict; assistance, briefing, coaching, direction, instruction, mentoring, priming, prompting, teaching, tutoring; interference, kibitzing (also kibbitzing), meddling; moralizing, pontificating, preaching; exhortation, lecture, lesson, sermon, speech

  3. 3 a person who gives advice especially professionally <the toy manufacturer hired a public relations counsel to do some damage control> Synonyms adviser (also advisor), consigliere, consultant, counselor (or counsellor)Related Words authority, expert, pro, professional, specialist; confidant; cabinet, kitchen cabinet; sounding boardNear Antonyms counselee

  4. 4 an exchange of views for the purpose of exploring a subject or deciding an issue <she approved the move after a counsel with her advisers> Synonyms argument, argumentation, argy-bargy [chiefly British], back-and-forth, colloquy, confab, confabulation, conference, consult, consultation, council, discussion, debate, deliberation, dialogue (also dialog), give-and-take, palaver, parley, talkRelated Words bull session, chat room, forum, meeting, powwow, roundtable, seminar, skull session (also skull practice), symposium, talkathon; chat, conversation, rap, words; discourse, disquisition; bargaining, consultancy, negotiation, pourparler



Synonyms and Antonyms of counsel

  1. 1 to exchange viewpoints or seek advice for the purpose of finding a solution to a problem <concerned parents counseling about the problem of substance abuse in their community> Synonyms advise, confab, confabulate, consult, confer, parley, powwow, treatRelated Words argue, bandy, bat (around), chew over, debate, deliberate, discuss, dispute, hash (over), kick around, moot, palaver, talk, talk over, ventilate; rehash; coach, guide, tutor; recommend, suggest; direct, refer (to)

  2. 2 to give advice and instruction to (someone) regarding the course or process to be followed <every year the admissions officer counsels thousands of students about the process of applying to college> Synonyms coach, guide, lead, mentor, pilot, shepherd, show, tutorRelated Words godfather; direct, engineer, steer, sway; accompany, attend, chaperone (or chaperon), convoy, escort, see, squire; oversee, superintend, supervise; drill, train; brief, enlighten, inform; instruct, school, teach, tutor; inculcate, indoctrinate; cultivate, foster, nurture

  3. 3 to give advice to <perhaps a psychologist would be better qualified to counsel you> Synonyms adjure, admonish, adviseRelated Words alert, caution, forewarn, warn; brief, clue (in), fill in, inform, tell, wise (up); coach, direct, guide, instruct, lead, mentor, shepherd, show, teach, tutor; direct, pilot, steer; acquaint, apprise, familiarize; convince, encourage, induce, persuade, talk (into); beg, exhort, implore, prevail (upon), urge; propose, recommend, suggest

  4. 4 to put (something) forward as one's choice for a wise or proper course of action <I would counsel caution and deliberation in this sensitive matter> Synonyms advise, recommend, suggestRelated Words advocate, back, champion, espouse, favor, support; exhort, urge; advance, offer, propose, submit

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