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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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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Calls and emails to the Columbus Police Department and the office of the Columbus City attorney on Thursday were not returned. New York Times, "Charges Against Stormy Daniels Dismissed After Arrest at Strip Club," 12 July 2018 The local federal court maintains a panel of attorneys for appointment in criminal cases. Patrick Danner, San Antonio Express-News, "Judge refuses to appoint Uresti’s lawyer of choice for appeal," 12 July 2018 And a third woman misidentified one of Winslow II’s defense attorneys as the person who assaulted her. Teri Figueroa,, "Accusers fail to identify Winslow II in court," 11 July 2018 Nick Wood, an attorney representing Vulcan, which was interested in acquiring Mesa's New West mine, had the last word before Gilbert launched into his conclusion. Lily Altavena, azcentral, "Controversy in the air as Mesa homeowners decry neighboring asphalt plant’s odors," 11 July 2018 Alan Kaplinsky, an attorney at Ballard Spahr in the consumer financial services group. Emily Stewart, Vox, "Consumer advocacy groups are extremely worried about Brett Kavanaugh," 11 July 2018 Larry Hutcher, one of Mr. Cintron’s attorneys, said the amount owed to his client in overtime totals about $180,000 and, with penalties, damages and legal fees, the claim will top $300,000. Melanie Grayce West, WSJ, "Donald Trump’s Former Chauffeur Sues for Unpaid Overtime," 9 July 2018 Each should thus hire an attorney if all of them have not done so already. Michael Mccann,, "Why Maryland Receiving FBI Subpoenas Should Worry Other College Programs, Basketball Players," 7 July 2018 Investigators have issued citations recently to a college student in San Jose and an attorney in Fresno, said Garza. Cynthia Hubert, sacbee, "Disabled placard violations soar in California. Here's where scofflaws were targeted," 6 July 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

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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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


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

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