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 \ -​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

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Prosecutors will have to show that Peterson was a caregiver and exposed students and teachers to harm with his actions, with reckless disregard for their lives, attorneys say. Darran Simon, CNN, "Why the case against former Marjory Stoneman Douglas resource officer Scot Peterson is the first of its kind," 8 June 2019 Attempts to reach Newberg were unsuccessful Thursday and no attorney was yet listed as representing him in court records. Phil Davis, baltimoresun.com, "Baltimore police sergeant charged with misconduct, assault and false imprisonment is released on bond," 7 June 2019 No attorney was listed for her in court records and she could not be reached for comment. Sarah Horner, Twin Cities, "Woman convicted of driving drunk and killing deputy’s wife is arrested again for suspected DUI," 6 June 2019 Smollett’s attorney did not respond to PEOPLE’s request for comment. Jodi Guglielmi, PEOPLE.com, "Lee Daniels Says Jussie Smollett Will Not Be Back on Empire Despite 'Not Factual' Reports," 5 June 2019 No attorney is listed for him in online court records. CBS News, "Prison guard recorded fight with husband before her fatal fall from parking garage," 4 June 2019 No attorney for Gottlieb was listed on court documents as of Tuesday. Erin Mccarthy, https://www.inquirer.com, "Delaware County woman charged in death of elderly mom kept in 'deplorable’ conditions in Havertown home," 4 June 2019 An attorney for North Shore Bank didn't respond to a request for an interview. Karen Pilarski, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "North Shore Bank files an $8.7K civil lawsuit against the village of Elm Grove over real estate taxes," 4 June 2019 An attorney who has previously represented Peterson did not immediately respond to a request for comment about his arrest. The Washington Post, The Mercury News, "Ex-deputy charged for Parkland shooting inaction," 4 June 2019

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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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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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