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 attorney (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 Under cross-examination by Chauvin attorney Eric Nelson, Mercil testified that officers are trained in some situations to use their knee across a suspect’s back or shoulder and employ their body weight to maintain control. Amy Forliti, Anchorage Daily News, "Minneapolis police official testifies Derek Chauvin was trained to avoid neck pressure," 6 Apr. 2021 Arradondo was being cross-examined by defense attorney Eric Nelson before court recessed for an afternoon break. Erin Donaghue, CBS News, "Minneapolis police chief testifies Chauvin's actions violated policy," 6 Apr. 2021 Chauvin attorney Eric Nelson questioned Langenfeld about whether some drugs can cause hypoxia, or insufficient oxygen. Time, "'Certainly Not Part of Our Ethics or Our Values.' In Testimony, Minneapolis Police Chief Says Derek Chauvin Violated Department Policy During George Floyd Arrest," 5 Apr. 2021 But under questioning by defense attorney Eric Nelson, the doctor acknowledged that there were numerous possible causes for asphyxia, including drug use. Los Angeles Times, "Minneapolis police chief testifies against his former officer in the death of George Floyd," 5 Apr. 2021 Chauvin’s lead defense attorney Eric Nelson began cross-examination of Arradondo Monday afternoon. Jemima Mcevoy, Forbes, "Minneapolis Police Chief Testifies Derek Chauvin’s Restraint Of George Floyd ‘Absolutely’ Violated Policy," 5 Apr. 2021 Defense attorney Eric Nelson argued the bystanders at the scene of Floyd's death had morphed into a threatening crowd. Amir Vera, CNN, "George Floyd's family describes heart-wrenching experience in the courtroom during Derek Chauvin's trial, attorney says," 4 Apr. 2021 Under cross-examination, Chauvin attorney Eric Nelson questioned Zimmerman about his experiences with use of force and handcuffing for physically fighting with individuals. Stephanie Pagones, Fox News, "Derek Chauvin trial: Minneapolis lieutenant calls use of force against Floyd 'totally unnecessary'," 3 Apr. 2021 Chauvin attorney Eric Nelson drove hard at Floyd’s drug use in cross-examining Ross, asking questions aimed at showing the danger of overdose and death. BostonGlobe.com, "Officers could have ended Floyd restraint, duty sergeant said," 2 Apr. 2021

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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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9 Apr 2021

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“Attorney.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/attorney. Accessed 15 Apr. 2021.

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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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