attorney general

plural attorneys general or attorney generals

Definition of attorney general

: the chief law officer of a nation or state who represents the government in litigation and serves as its principal legal adviser

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Recent Examples on the Web Another potential Democratic candidate, former attorney general Patrick C. Lynch, has ruled out running in 2022., "Holding onto two House seats not only helps R.I., it helps Governor McKee," 27 Apr. 2021 This is the kind of proactive attorney general Black Californians want and need. Justin Phillips, San Francisco Chronicle, "California is not a safe place to be Black," 25 Apr. 2021 That reasoning stems from a 1913 Texas Court of Criminal Appeals case and the attorney general opinion is non-binding. James Barragán, Dallas News, "Election judges could carry guns at most polling sites under bill passed by Texas House," 20 Apr. 2021 The measure, which was drafted by Sen. Matt Lesser, D-Middletown, in consultation with the NAACP Legal Defense Fund, seeks to prevent voter suppression and intimidation and gives the state attorney general new enforcement authority. Daniela Altimari,, "Connecticut has some of the most restrictive voting laws in the country. Here’s how our voting laws compare to other states.," 11 Apr. 2021 Former Trump administration attorney general William Barr and other GOP leaders have concluded that widespread voter fraud doesn't exist. Chauncey Alcorn, CNN, "Black Fortune 500 executives want companies to fight Republican voting restrictions," 31 Mar. 2021 On Friday, attorney general spokeswoman Lauren Houck told IndyStar that her office had received a complaint which resulted in an investigation into the allegations made against the Wedgewood nursing home. Emily Hopkins, The Indianapolis Star, "Nurse charged after removing oxygen from COVID patient who died hours later," 26 Mar. 2021 The calls prompted one executive to file a preliminary complaint with the state attorney general office’s public integrity bureau. New York Times, "Can Biden Stay on the Sidelines of the Andrew Cuomo Saga?," 15 Mar. 2021 Cowen imagines how various figures, ranging from those in the White House to others such as Dr. Anthony Fauci and Merrick Garland, Biden’s attorney general nominee, would narrate a Seder, if all brought together in one room. Gabe Friedman,, "From ‘Seinfeld’ to WWII Morocco, Haggadah options will spice up Passover Seder," 10 Mar. 2021

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1585, in the meaning defined above

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“Attorney general.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 13 May. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of attorney general

: the chief lawyer of a country or state who represents the government in legal matters

attorney general

plural attorneys general or attorney generals

Legal Definition of attorney general

: the chief law officer of a nation or state who represents the government in litigation and serves as its principal legal advisor

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