attorney

noun
at·​tor·​ney | \ ə-ˈtər-nē \
plural attorneys

Definition of attorney

: one who is legally appointed to transact business on another's behalf especially : lawyer

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Other Words from attorney

attorneyship \ -​ˌship \ noun

Examples of attorney in a Sentence

talked to the count's attorney about buying land from his estate finished law school and became an attorney

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Alsup’s questions also were directed to the U.S. attorney’s office, which prosecuted PG&E for the San Bruno blast, and the monitor overseeing its gas pipeline safety. Sudhin Thanawala, The Seattle Times, "Judge to utility: Explain any role in deadly California fire," 27 Nov. 2018 Davids, a mixed martial arts fighter and an attorney, is going strong—and knows how to win a fight without punching below the belt. Jill Filipovic, Harper's BAZAAR, "Your State-by-State Guide to Women Running in the Midterms," 31 Oct. 2018 Kelly and his attorneys have repeatedly denied any allegations against him. Brittney Mcnamara, Teen Vogue, "R. Kelly Is Reportedly Under Criminal Investigation," 8 Jan. 2019 Rudy Giuliani, who briefly advised Donald Trump on cybersecurity before taking a role as his personal attorney, doesn't understand how domain names work. Timothy B. Lee, Ars Technica, "Giuliani can’t figure out how URLs work, blames Twitter for liberal bias," 5 Dec. 2018 Her attorney says Alqasem is no longer a member of the group. Fox News, "US graduate student detained in Israel for alleged pro-Palestinian boycott support," 9 Oct. 2018 Court records did not list an attorney for Woodruffe. Juan A. Lozano, The Seattle Times, "Man authorities believe shot Texas girl charged with murder," 9 Jan. 2019 But Wall, the attorney for Apple, pointed to the fact that app developers, not Apple, decide the prices of apps in the app store. Timothy B. Lee, Ars Technica, "How Apple hopes to stop a customer lawsuit over its App Store monopoly," 27 Nov. 2018 The jury found that Johnson’s use of Roundup, which his attorneys estimated happened at a rate of 20-30 times per year, led to his terminal cancer. Yvette D'entremont, SELF, "Should You Worry About Herbicides In Your Food?," 10 Oct. 2018

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First Known Use of attorney

14th century, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for attorney

Middle English attourney, from Anglo-French aturné, past participle of aturner — see attorn

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More Definitions for attorney

attorney

noun
at·​tor·​ney | \ ə-ˈtər-nē \
plural attorneys

Kids Definition of attorney

: a person and usually a lawyer who acts for another in business or legal matters

attorney

noun
at·​tor·​ney | \ ə-ˈtər-nē \
plural attorneys

Legal Definition of attorney

: a person authorized to act on another's behalf especially : lawyer — see also attorney-in-fact

History and Etymology for attorney

Anglo-French atorné legal representative, from past participle of atorner to designate, appoint, from Old French, to prepare, arrange — see attorn

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