attorney

noun
at·​tor·​ney | \ ə-ˈtər-nē How to pronounce attorney (audio) \
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 \ ə-​ˈtər-​nē-​ˌship How to pronounce attorneyship (audio) \ 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
Recent Examples on the Web Attempts to contact Miller through the Coyotes, his family and attorney were unsuccessful. Craig Harris, The Arizona Republic, "Arizona Coyotes top draft pick was convicted for bullying Black, mentally disabled teen," 26 Oct. 2020 Yashiba Blanchard, an attorney, knew last Friday would be the first anniversary of the kidnapping and murder of her 19-year-old stepdaughter, Aniah Blanchard—her husband Elijah’s daughter. Roy S. Johnson | Rjohnson@al.com, al, "‘Pain can turn into purpose’: Aniah Blanchard’s stepmother one year after abduction, murder," 26 Oct. 2020 Crump, who also represented the families of Botham Jean and Michael Brown, will work with Austin attorney Jeff Edwards as part of a growing legal team that also includes attorneys from two Chicago firms specializing in excessive force cases. Tony Plohetski, USA TODAY, "Family of Black man killed in Texas police chase sues with help of lawyer in George Floyd case," 26 Oct. 2020 When additional costs beyond the first court appearance, including attorney fees, jail stays, mental health treatment and the like, are taken into account, the costs borne by Portland taxpayers would be far higher. Melissa Lewis, oregonlive, "Booking homeless Portlanders into jail is endless, expensive cycle that arrests don’t curb, but housing does," 25 Oct. 2020 Mark Gaughan, the city’s attorney, said Friday that the matter remained under investigation. Shannon Prather, Star Tribune, "Ramsey County to post signs banning weapons at county-owned facilities," 25 Oct. 2020 In those cases, the First Amendment applies, but with conditions, says attorney Mark Carey of Carey & Associates. Anne Steele, WSJ, "Is Political Speech Protected in the Workplace? Here’s What You Need to Know," 25 Oct. 2020 Half of the new hires would perform financial oversight, including an audit director, an attorney to review internal financial operations and three support staff positions. Samantha Hogan, ProPublica, "Maine Officials Propose Doubling Budget for Agency Charged With Defending the Poor," 25 Oct. 2020 According to the Supreme Court of Ohio’s attorney services office, Mearan’s registration is active. Kevin Grasha, The Enquirer, "‘Untouchable’ attorney arrested, charged with human trafficking," 24 Oct. 2020

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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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The first known use of attorney was in the 14th century

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29 Oct 2020

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“Attorney.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/attorney. Accessed 29 Oct. 2020.

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More Definitions for attorney

attorney

noun
at·​tor·​ney | \ ə-ˈtər-nē How to pronounce attorney (audio) \
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 How to pronounce attorney (audio) \
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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